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 […]



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, […]



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 […]



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 […]



Grass Clippings … Thatch Producer or Great Compost?

Does mulching grass clippings into the lawn increase the build-up of thatch? Most homeowners bag lawn clippings because they think that the clippings add to the buildup of thatch. This is not true. Clippings that remain on the lawn quickly decompose and release valuable nutrients and beneficial bacteria that actually feed on the thatch layer. […]



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 […]



Variegations In The Garden Landscape???

High Desert Variegations William Cowper once wrote the now famous words, “Variety is the spice of life.” This couldn’t be truer in the garden. Nothing spices up a garden like plants with variegated foliage. Use too many and they’ll make you dizzy. But placed in the background or strategically planted in the midst of the […]



Student Learning Boosted By Landscape

Landscapes Boost Learning A new study of high school students in central Illinois found students with a view of trees were able to recover their ability to pay attention and bounce back from stress more rapidly than those who looked out on a parking lot or had no windows. The researchers, William Sullivan, professor of […]