How Deep Should You Plant?

Question always asked … How deep should I plant this new tree, shrub, etc.? Most plants will benefit from being planted with the top of the root ball at the existing soil level – – not the top of the container it came from and not with only the trunk showing once planted. If a […]



Ladybugs … Do They Really Help Eliminate Bad Bugs In The Garden And Landscape?

Absolutely! Ladybugs in the garden are very effective in controlling a number of bad bugs, including aphids, spider mites and scale. An adult ladybug can eat 50 aphids a day and produce up to 1,500 progeny. Take that aphids! In order to maximize the benefits of releasing ladybugs in your yard, provide them with conditions […]



Mint … Can’t Get (Grow) Enough!

Pluck a sprig of mint and crush it between your fingers and you’ll release a cool distinctive fragrance not matched by any other plant. But mint doesn’t just smell good–it packs a mighty punch of flavor, too. Mint can be very invasive, so it does need caution. Given good conditions, it will happily take over […]



Pollinating Fruit Trees … Do We Really Need Two Trees To Produce Fruit?

Fruit trees in the high desert add so much to an edible landscape plan and local fresh availability.  But, can we get by with a single tree?  What about the pollination needed? Our answer is, unfortunately, IT DEPENDS?  No one likes a Yes & No answer but this requires some explanation. Citrus trees like lemons, […]



“Systemic” … What Does That Mean?

The chemical and organic solutions our garden center is famous for recommending to fix high desert plant problems has a language all it own.  Beyond the unpronounceable botanic names, the fertilizer numbering system and the advice given in “gardenese,” there are the chemical and organic labels requiring some deciphering. A useful term we use for describing some solution applications […]



The Best Time To Plant … Fall In The High Desert!

Why Fall Planting Is Best Fall is the best time to plant. Moana Nursery tells you this every year, but maybe you need convincing. So let us explain why fall planting is so good for plants! It’s pretty simple, actually. In the fall, the warm soil encourages root growth. Roots continue to grow through the […]



Helping Roses Re-Bloom In Your Yard

Many gardeners neglect or give up on their roses in the summer, seeing the quality of the bloom decline as temperatures increase. Maybe they think roses only bloom in the spring.  Rose blossoms do tend to be smaller in the summer and the colors are not quite as vivid because the summer heat forces the […]



Tree & Shrub Containers: Patio & Yard Focal Points

A tree or a shrub can create a delightful focal point in your patio garden design.   Many of our gardens have at least one specimen plant, usually a tree but sometimes a shrub. A specimen plant is one that is eye-catching, beautiful, often architectural in form, and can stand alone in a yard or […]



Garden to Lose Weight

Garden to Lose Weight Trying to lose weight before swimsuit season is officially here? Researchers from Konkuk University and Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea, suggest gardening. Why? Because it’s just like going to the gym. Turning compost is like lifting weights, raking is like using the rowing machine and pushing a mower is like […]



Identifying Insect Damage & Figuring Out What Insect It Is

OK … you see some damage to your plants leaves but how do you identify what bad bug it is?  Once you have identified it, treatment is a “read the label” away or “ask us” at our garden centers.  The key is identifying the damage and offending bad insect. And, for that, you need to […]