Planting these trees in your landscape will produce great fall color that will dazzle now, and, in some cases, put on a show in other seasons with spring flowers and interesting bark throughout the year.
Every fall the days get shorter and trees across the country produce an unbelievable explosion of fiery hues. Though more prominent in different areas of the country, Las Vegas still has its own unique take on autumn’s signature foliage with trees that thrive in the desert..
Planting these trees in your landscape will produce great fall color that will dazzle now, and, in some cases, put on a show in other seasons with spring flowers and interesting bark throughout the year.
Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful and easily maintained shade trees for the West is the Chinese Pistache (or ‘Red Push’ Pistache). Known for its spectacular fall color shades of orange, red-orange and even crimson, the pistachio tree rivals the showy autumn colors of maples across the Northeast. It has quickly become one of the most reliable sources of fall color in Las Vegas.
The Fraxinus species, like the Arizona Ash, Raywood Ash, Berrinda Ash, and the Modesto Ash, are all fantastic options for fall color. The Raywood Ash takes on a gorgeous purple hue during the fall while the Modesto, Berrinda and Arizona produce a showy golden fall color. Ash trees are a favorite around Las Vegas because they are very tolerant of our climate and are fairly low-maintenance.
The Purple Leaf Plum keeps its beautiful purple or crimson color throughout the year. This, however, does not make it any less of a contributor to the colors of fall. This purple beauty boasts fragrant pale pink flowers in the early spring and make for a great shade tree where desired.
This tree is at its most striking in the fall when its leaves turn yellow and clusters of showy, yellow pods cover the tips of branches. These clusters appear to cover the entire tree and absolutely dazzle in the fall twilight. This tree is great for just about any landscape in Las Vegas as it is tolerant of drought and heat. The rounded crown and lacey leaves of the Golden Rain Tree add soft textures and great fall color.
The Bradford or ‘Flowering’ Pear is the most popular and fast growing ornamental tree in our nurseries. In the fall their dark green foliage turns to a rich golden-yellow that screams ‘Fall is Here!’ They really come to life in the spring as they cover themselves in clusters of white snowy flowers. This popular tree is a great addition to any size landscape and offers a double-dose of seasonal beauty.
All of these varieties have just arrived at our nurseries, fresh from our farms. Stop in today and speak with a certified nursery expert on the perfect fall tree for your yard.
Six weeks ago Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signalling the end of winter. For most of us here in the Las Vegas area we barely batted an eye. That’s because we’ve been experiencing one of the warmest winters in recent memory here in Las Vegas and have been treated to Spring like temperatures since what seems like Christmas. While our friends back east fight the extended winter and brutal cold we’ve been sitting back enjoying sunshine and beautiful blooming trees and plants around town.
In the spirit of the official start of Spring (vernal equinox) we’ve compiled a quick list of interesting vernal equinox facts.
1. The spring equinox is historically recognized on March 19th, 20th or 21st and indicates the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
2. Because the Earth’s axis is tilted towards the sun during the spring (vernal equinox) we receive longer daylight hours which in turn gives us warmer weather.
3. There are two equinox’s each year: March and September.
4. The opposite of an equinox is a solstice - which occurs during the winter and summer when the Sun appears at its lowest or highest point in the sky.
5. Despite the long standing myth that you can balance an egg on its end today there is no chance the Earth’s axis is helping stabilize the egg.
If you haven’t had the chance to check out the ‘official’ start of Spring that’s currently exploding in our nurseries than you should make it a point to get out this weekend. Everything is exploding with spring growth and with the perfect temps hanging around for the next few months, it is a great time to plant and fertilize. Get those trees and plants planted now before this beautiful weather leaves us and the hot summer days settle in.
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We've been running down some great winter trees that can be planted during the colder (for Phoenix anyways) months. Living in Las Vegas during the winter time doesn't mean the same thing it means for other parts of the country. Here it means mid 70's during the day which translates into some great winter planting.
Las Vegas is a place where you can plant just about anything at just about any point of the year. There are some great evergreen trees, however, that really benefit from being planted during our winter months. Getting these evergreen trees in your yard now allows them to take advantage of the extra time in the ground to establish a strong and healthy root system that will promote massive growth and an abundance of shade before the warmer summer months.
Here are a list of some of our favorite evergreen trees to plant during this time of year.
2014 has started off absolutely beautifully for those in the Las Vegas area. Winter time is usually one with some pretty frigid temperatures, but this recent run of 70+ degree temps is amazing. It’s really great for those of us ready to make some changes and add some color to our yards before the spring. While many may be leary of winter planting, the winter months are the perfect time to plant most varieties of shrubs, ground covers, vines, topiaries and other varieties that make up our huge nursery inventory.
These plants use the cooler weather to establish a strong root system prior to our warm summers arriving. The stronger and deeper the root development means your yard will have beautiful shrubs that will explode with growth come spring and summer.
We’ve compiled a list of some great winter shrubs that can be planted now and help debunk the outdated myth that planting during the winter is a green thumb no-no.
All of these varieties can be found at both Las Vegas locations:
The arid desert climate exposes the trees and plants around Las Vegas to some challenging conditions...but that shouldn't deter you from planting! Moon Valley carries locally farm grown varieties of trees and plants that have been exposed to the desert elements, some of which absolutely flourish when planted during the winter months. We've selected some of the best winter trees below that can and should be planted right now.
Almost all trees can be planted any time of year, but there are certain trees that benefit from being planted during the winter months as this gives them the most amount of time to establish a strong root system before our 100 degree weather returns in the summer.
The most popular and colorful trees to plant during the colder winter months are Ash varieties like the Shamel Ash, Fan-Tex Ash, Fan-West Ash, Bonita Ash, Berrinda Ash, Arizona Ash and Majestic Ash. These are a great example of deciduous trees that can give you some great winter color and will benefit from being planted right now.
The main benefits of planting right now is that deciduous varieties are dormant which allows for less transplant shock and leads to a tree that establishes a stronger, hardier root system quicker. Another great benefit is that planting these trees now allows them to grow the strong root systems necessary to grow faster and produce a greater amount of shade during the warmer summer months.
Here’s a list of some other great Deciduous Trees of Winter you should plant now…
Both Moon Valley Nursery locations are stocked with thousands of great Winter varieties so stop in and speak with a nursery professional today and plant a beautiful winter tree.
Noble Fir (Abies procera) is considered the best Christmas tree grown anywhere. They are the easiest to decorate and have the iconic Christmas tree shape that everyone desires. The Noble Fir is known for staying freshest the longest and lasting throughout the Christmas holiday.
The Noble Fir came into popularity in the 1960’s and 1970’s and are found in the Northern United States. Since the 60’s, demand has increased throughout the United States making the Noble Fir the most highly sought after Christmas tree anywhere.
Noble Fir Christmas trees are grown only in the Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon. The Noble Fir thrives in the high elevation of their native state where they can receive well over 60” of rain annually and is known for very cold temperatures and plenty of snow in the higher elevations.
The Noble Fir is easily recognizable by the spacing between the branches and the rounded needles. They are prized for this look as they are very easy to decorate and allow plenty of room for all of the store bought and handmade decorations you have accumulated over the years. While it doesn’t have the strong odor of pine it does have enough to fill your home with the fresh smell of Christmas for many days to come.
The Noble Fir is available at all Moon Valley Nursery Christmas tree lots and comes in a variety of sizes from table toppers to 15-20’+. Stop by any of our Moon Valley Nursery Christmas tree locations and take your time selecting the best Christmas tree, the Noble Fir.
The weather is forecasting some very cold nights this week and it is important that we take the proper procedures to be sure our plants and trees make it through the winter time. There is a lot of discussion on what to do during our winters here in Las Vegas. There are always the questions of what to do to protect your trees what needs to be covered, when it should be covered, how long to keep it covered, and what to cover it with.
Items that are the most susceptible to being damaged by cold weather are going to be extremely tropical plants, plants that are not used to seeing the temperatures fall below the 40s. You will always run the risk of any tree being damaged however, depending on how long it is below freezing and cold it gets. Even desert acclimated plants can be damaged if it is cold enough.
You only want to cover your plants on nights that are predicted to be in the freezing zone. You do not want to cover them too early because you want the plant to be able to harden up naturally. Covering it when it’s not necessary can actually make the plant more dependent on the warmth than what may be necessary. If the night is predicted to be cold, wait as long as you can before you cover it, typically later in the night (8-9pm). You want to leave the plant covered until the sun has started to come up; do not leave it covered while the sun is up as this can lead to more damage to your plants and trees.
Many people think that covering your plant is the only way to protect it from frost damage; this is not true, there are many other effective means of doing this. One option is to create a microclimate in your yard. Watering very heavy the night of the freeze, to the point where you have standing water on the ground, will create humidity and prevent frost from settling on the plants or trees as much.
Homeowners can also use flood lights and clamp lights as an effective way of protecting a tree from frost damage. Focusing the light onto the tree will create heat that will not allow frost to form. Other effective means of frost protection are using old style Christmas lights (NOT LEDs) and wrapping your trees and bushes, this can create just enough heat to protect your plants and trees while adding a splash of holiday color to your yard. You can also use large oscillating fans to help move the air in your yard, simulating blowing wind makes it more difficult for frost to settle. Patio propane heaters are effective if you have a sensitive plant or tree. Place the heater near the plant and let it run on low, creating just enough warmth to keep the plant safe.
Very rarely do we get temperatures that will be detrimental to our landscape, but knowing what to do during these few times will keep your landscape looking great throughout the winter and ultimately save you money. Remember if you choose to cover your plants only use burlap or cotton, NEVER USE PLASTIC! Follow these simple tips and protect your landscape throughout the winter months!
One of the many joys for those that celebrate the Christmas holiday is going out with the family and hand selecting the perfect family Christmas tree to decorate for the upcoming holiday. Many times the simpleness of being with family and picking a full, dark green tree that doesn’t resemble the Charlie Brown variety is enough to make everyone happy. The Moon Valley family thinks its important for you to know exactly what populates all of our Christmas Tree lots and how to pick the very best Christmas Tree this holiday season. There are many different types of Christmas trees at our lots to choose from but the most common are the Noble Fir, Grand Fir and Douglas Fir. We’ll break down all three of these Christmas trees so you can make the best choice for your holiday.
The Noble Fir is the most popular and longest lasting variety of Christmas tree. It is easily recognized for its spacing between branches and rounded needles which have made them a prized addition to any home. Noble Fir are very easy to decorate and allow plenty of room for all of the store bought and handmade decorations you have accumulated over the years. While it doesn’t have the strong odor of pine like some Christmas trees it does have enough to fill your home with the fresh smell of Christmas during the holiday season. The Noble Fir is available at all Moon Valley Nursery Christmas tree lots and comes in a variety of sizes from table toppers to 15 to 20+ feet tall!
The Grand Fir has a shinier needle than the Noble or Douglas Fir and has a very strong smell of pine and a hint of citrus. This tree is recognizable by its flat needles, dark green tops and silver underside. The Grand Fir are a thick tree that can handle being heavily decorated and are available in sizes from 4’ up to 15’+ tall. The Grand Fir is a long lasting Christmas tree that is a safe choice to have in your home throughout the Christmas season.
The Douglas Fir is the most commonly sold Christmas tree you will find at our lots. This is a very full tree with a thin needle, is easily decorated and also considered to be the most fragrant Christmas Tree around. A common issue with the Douglas Fir is that they have the shortest life span of all fresh cut Christmas trees and tend to dry out easily.
All of the Christmas Trees listed above are available at all 10 of our Valley Christmas Tree lots and are the freshest in Arizona as they are express shipped from Oregon within 48 hours of cutting. Our Christmas trees and lots have been a family tradition for thousands of Valley families for over 20 years so we're sure to have the perfect Christmas tree for you and your family waiting in our lots!
REMEMBER: All Moon Valley Nursery Christmas trees are guaranteed fresh till Christmas or we will replace your tree*. Stop by any of our Moon Valley Nursery Christmas tree lots and see the Moon Valley difference.
*Tree will be replaced with proof of purchase, please keep receipt.
Economists and housing market pundits have been preaching it for months, several months...we’re in a full blown housing recovery. The Arizona housing market in particular has rebounded strongly after being one of the hardest hit in the nation. From a buyers market to a sellers market in a flash, new home buyers are rushing to scoop up what’s left of a dwindling housing inventory here in the Valley.
Whether or not you’re an anxious buyer or a seller looking to get the most money out of their home one thing is certain, landscaping can be a make or break deal. A well thought out and properly maintained landscape can add thousands of dollars to the value of your property and is one of the few home improvements that actually adds curb appeal and value to a home. We've laid out some of the landscaping factors that can impact your home’s value.
Proper Landscape Design
We see this all too often. Homeowners who do not have a thought out plan or at least a basic design for their landscape often end up with a disorganized, disheveled mess in their yard that can potentially decrease the value of their home and ultimately turn off potential buyers. Proper tree and plant placement improves the quality and professional look of your landscape and can also reduce the cost of cooling and heating your home. Creating a top-notch design can be done easily by calling one of our landscape design pros and scheduling a free in-home consultation.
Plant and Tree Placement
Once you have settled on a design for your landscape it is important to understand what each tree and/or plant is going to accomplish in your yard. Planting shade trees on an eastern or western exposure will help shade the home in the summer time which can lead to a reduction in utility bills. You may also want to think about planting deciduous trees that can help warm a home in the winter. Another important placement factor is planting different size shrubs and plants in an order to make your yard look bigger and to set focal points throughout the landscape. Pool owners should also be aware of planting a messy tree or bush near a pool that could be a turn off for you or any future home owner.
Picking the Right Trees and Plants
Picking the right tree or plant can be a difficult task. Having a certified nursery professional help you makes this a painless task. They know what to look for when selecting your trees and plants for your new landscape and can make sure you accomplish your landscape goals. Don’t rely on word of mouth or what your neighbors landscaper tells you you should plant. Get out to Moon Valley Nurseries and hand select every tree and plant from our huge inventory of trees and plants with the help of an Arizona Certified Nursery Professional.
Research indicates that a professional looking landscape adds anywhere from 5.5% to 12.7% to the value of a home. That’s over $15,000 on a $300,000 home. If you’ve just purchased or are looking to sell, trust the experts at Moon Valley to help you accomplish your landscape goals and add the maximum value to your home’s value. Stop in today (click here for all 7 locations), give us a call (602-938-6666) or click here to see what Moon Valley Nurseries can do for you!
Lets face it, a lot of our trees and plants need some special attention this time of year which the Fall planting season vital to rejuvenating our yards. The cooler nighttime temperatures and moist soil are optimal growing conditions for any tree or plant, especially one of our favorite flowering species, the Orchid tree (Bauhinia spp.).
These beautiful flowering trees are truly one-of-a-kind and produce some of the most vibrant, aroma rich flowers of any tree. One of our favorite aspects of this particular tree...they are very drought tolerant and are one of the most prolific flowering trees for warm weather climates. The flowering season for Orchids is rapidly approaching so planting now during the optimal planting conditions of the Fall will ensure that your new addition will grow to its full potential and bloom beautifully in the coming months.
Before you rush in to Moon Valley to get your hands on this beautiful flowering tree it’s important to know that there are several varieties of the Orchid, only two of which are suited for our desert climate. The vast popularity of this variety has caused some confusion and a number of varieties are often lumped together and simply referred to as the Hong Kong orchid. The two most popular varieties, and the only two that are sold in and do well in Las Vegas, are the Purple Orchid Tree (Bauhinia purpurea) and the Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana).
The most common Bauhinia is the Bauhinia purpurea, or Purple Orchid. This orchid tree can be found sprinkled throughout Las Vegas and is one of the most variable of the species in terms of producing flowers in a vast range of shape and color. The Purple Orchid tree is the first of the Orchids to blossom (Mid to Late Fall) and produces clusters of fragrant, narrow petaled blooms that range in color from white to different shades of purple.