The High Desert Gardener
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      Volume 04.15:  April 1, 2015
                    Weed it and Reap!
Dawn Donovan 
      Better Plants. Better Advice. Better Results.. 

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Moana Lane Garden Center
The Florist, Greenhouse &
Gift Shop
1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno

S. Virginia St. Garden Center
Outdoor Living, Tree Land & Moana Rock
11301 S. Virginia St., Reno

Pyramid Hwy. Garden Center
Spanish Springs Nursery
7655 Pyramid Hwy., Sparks

Store Hours    

 Mon.-Friday:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 Saturday:  8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

 Sunday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


All three locations Including all 3 Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops, TreeLand & Moana Rock.  The Florist at Moana Lane is closed Sunday but great arrangements available in the cooler and orders taken by nursery teammates. 
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Landscape & Design Center
Water-Wise Irrigation, Ha
rdscapes, Maintenance & Water Features
1190 W. Moana Lane, Reno
775-825-0602 X 134

NV Lic. #3379 A, D, E
CA Lic. #317448

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Feature Products:
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For planting success, we recommend using these three products when planting or transplanting all plants:
Superthrive, Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost and Dr. Earth Life or Starter Fertilizer

Dr Earth Starter Fertilizer
Bonide Liquid Copper Fungicide

Plantskydd keeps rabbits away from lawns and other areas of your garden by a combination of both taste and smell. 
Bonide All Seasons' Spray Oil
Uni-Gro Peat Moss
Monnterey Weed Impede
Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Planting Mix
Bonide MoleMax
Grow More Orchid Food
Gardeneer Harvest Guard

Helpful Links:
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Wilco Squirrel Bait

AceCap Insect Tree Implants

Bonide Rose Rx Drench

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Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Planting Mix

Dr. Earth Organic Compost
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar

Dramm Hoses - guaranteed

HydroFarm Light, Moisture & pH Meter
HydroFarm Seed Starter Tray & Heating Mat
Bonide - Kills & Prevents Weeds
Dr. Earth Seed Starter Potting Mix

Gardeneer Season Starter
April Fools Day picture ... sorry!

But the tips below and the full bi-monthly list on the website is "no fooling."

Timely, Local High Desert Tips ...

Now is the Time To ...
  • Turn on your irrigation system and inspect for leaks and broken/clogged heads, coverage and other problems. Or have our Irrigation Specialist do it for you: call 825-0602 x134 to schedule an appointment.
  • Feed existing fruit trees and berries with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer
  • Prune roses now; feed with Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Fertilizer, apply Bonide RX Systemic Drench to protect from insects & disease and mulch with Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Planting Mix or Gardner & Bloom Soil Building Compost.
  • Start a new lawn from seed or repair and existing lawn; cover Bonide's Durable Grass Seed with Dr. Earth Compost and use Holographic Scare Tape to protect from birds.
  • To bring an old lawn renewed vigor, top dress with Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost or Dr. Earth Compost to ¼ inch depth.

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We never tire of the early spring display of color & new life!
We Love This Place!

From the Florist at Moana  

We have colorful Easter centerpieces as well as floral and gourmet goodies perfect for hostess gifts! Or send some happiness with a spring arrangement. Call us today at 825-0671 to place your order or better yet, visit us to see all the lovely spring arrangements in our cooler or ask about a custom arrangement.

April Special Rewards Members Only Offer (thru 4/15)

15% off 
All Herbs

Full priced & in-stock.

Not a Rewards Member?  See 2015 Program here

New Arrivals:
Fuji Apples

  • 'Fuji' apple, 'Lil' Kim' hibiscus, 'Magic Carpet' spiraea, 'Jelly Bean' blueberry, 'All The Rage' rose.
  • Easter color bowls, African daisies, bacopa, calibrachoa, nemesia, ivy, poppies.
  • Italian basil, chives, dill, marjoram, a variety of peppers, Victoria rhubarb, kale, beets, lettuce, onions & spinach.
  • Moana Lane Greenhouse: Chinese evergreen, purple shamrocks, cliff bake ferns, orchids, gerbera daisies and African violets.
    'Jelly Bean' blueberry
'Magic Carpet' spiraea










African daisies


Cliff Brake Fern











 Carmel's Wild Birds Unlimited New Feeders:    

Nature's Way Bamboo Feeders

Made with Solid Cross-ply™ Bamboo

  • 5 times harder and stronger than cedar or cypress
  • Ultra resistant to mold, bacteria, and squirrels
  • Double the defense against rotting, warping, swelling, and shrinking. 
  • Exclusive 10 year warranty   

Matt's Shrub of the Month:  'Summerwine' Ninebark

This easy to grow, water-wise selection has a lot going for it:  neat compact branching, dark crimson-red leaves and pinkish-white spring blooms held in 'snowball' clusters. 'Summerwine' tolerates heat, cold, wind and is adaptable to different types.


Bree's Plant of the Month: Poppies

There is no spring and summer bloomer that packs a better punch of color than poppies - both the annual California and perennial Oriental. Known for their shimmering, ruffled petals that glow like stained glass in the sun, they are easy to grow and surprisingly hardy. Cultivated since ancient times, recent breeding has produced a wide variety of colors. Bees also enjoy their wispy beauty because of their great pollinator qualities. Sowing poppy seeds in late fall will bring a wonderful source of color in the garden in spring while continued sowing in the spring will produce color throughout the summer.


Bree's Houseplant of the Month:  Croton 

While crotons are often grown outdoors in tropical climates, they also make excellent houseplants. They come in a wide variety of leaf shapes and colors. Leaves can be short, long, twisted, thin, thick, and several of these combined. Colors range from green, variegated, yellow, red, orange, cream, pink and black to a combination of all these. If you look hard enough, you will find a croton that matches your décor. It is common for it to lose some leaves within days of being brought to a new home; the plant has gone into shock as a result of being moved. However, it will regrow its leaves and be very happy & healthy if cared for according to directions.  



Bree's April Gardening Tip:

April is the month for planting summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, gladiolas and lilies. Plant annual seeds of asters, cosmos, marigolds and zinnias in the garden. It is also time to divide perennials like daylilies, delphiniums, iris, chrysanthemums, daisies and phlox.


Plant perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb, and horseradish. It is also time to plant peas, carrots, beets, spinach, cauliflower and cabbage and later in the month plant beans and corn. When danger of frost has passed, uncover strawberry beds and keep them well-watered.

Karma's Product of the Month:

Bonide Weed Beater ULTRA


This product offers superior cool weather performance & is effective on over 200 hard to kill weeds.  Treat now to eliminate before they take over your yard.



Melody's New Garden Art


Our newly arrived collection includes sculptures, garden art, wind-chimes and garden stakes. Every piece is handcrafted and inspired by the beauty that surrounds us.


Water-Wise Home Improvement Specials:
$67 #15 'Greenspire' Linden  (reg. $122).
$17 #5 'Snowmound' Spiraea 
(reg. $34).
Snowmound Spiraea   

Carmel's April Bird of the Month:

American Robin  


How to identify:  

American Robins are fairly large songbirds with a round body, long legs, and tail. Male robins have a dark gray to almost black back and tail with a brick colored breast. The female is paler all over. Juvenile robins have a spotted breast.



American Robins are common across the continent in gardens, parks, yards, golf courses, fields, pastures, tundra, as well as deciduous woodlands, pine forests, shrub lands, and forests regenerating after fires or logging.


Where to find one:

Though they're familiar town and city birds, American Robins are at home in wilder areas, too, including mountain forests and the Alaskan wilderness.


Click here for more on the Robins plus the rest of our expert's informative articles & local birds at . Sign up there for our monthly Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter and more.

NEW, Organic & On-Sale:


3 big cubic feet! 


Gardner & Bloome Raised Bed & Potting Mix

Reg. $14.99, only $9.99 thru 4/15. 

Great for Container Gardens, too.

Also in April ...
20% off All Deciduous Trees including fruit trees.

April Spring Savings ... see it all here.

Interior Plant Services

Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects


Thomas Creek:

This is an entry/lobby of the Thomas Creek office building in Double Diamond. It is a three-tiered planter enhancing the staircase to second floor.


We provide three interior plant service programs - - you can buy, rent or lease. For a free consultation with Vicky Ross, interior plant design & maintenance manager, call 825-0602 x 134.


Seasonal Color for Homes & Businesses:

Unique Custom Containers for your property, artfully designed by our Seasonal Color Specialist, Leslie Richardson. Service includes on-site evaluation & installation. Call today 825-0602 x 134 for free estimate.

Upcoming Events:


April 2: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada Meeting at 7:00 pm

The public is invited to attend and learn about greenhouses & orchids

Speaker is Peter Gulash who will discuss greenhouses. He will share how he researched location & sun control and the steps involved in the building process of his own greenhouse.


April 18: Lahanton Audubon Society Member Artists' Exhibit & Sale Art Show

10 AM to 6 PM - Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane

Meet & Greet with artists & light refreshments - 2 PM to 4 PM

Exhibit will include photographs, paintings, jewelry, glass mosaics, mixed media art, and more.

11 AM - 2PM - Nevada Humane Society will be onsite with animals to adopt!

Upcoming Seminars:


April 4: Easter weekend - No seminar


April 11: Organic Vegetable Gardening Made Simple      

Join Craig Frezzette, the only USDA Certified Organic urban farmer in the City of Reno.  Craig owns and operates City Green Gardens, a "four season" operation growing organic products for local area restaurants. Learn as Craig shares some tips and techniques he uses for the basic steps of creating and tending an organic garden.  From composting to living soil, seed starting to transplanting, season extending to pest management. Craig has over 20 years of growing organically in our arid high desert climate.


April 18: Northern Nevada Birds of Prey - Beauty and Balance

Zachary Ormsby will showcase the beauty of birds of prey up close via his outstanding photography and his years of experience as a Field Biologist specializing in Raptors and Desert Ecosystems.  He will discuss how vital birds of prey are in balancing rodent populations, as sensitive ecological barometers, and being a farmer's best friend.  This seminar is sure to be both informative and captivating.  Don't miss this one!


April 25: To be determined.


April 29: 6:00 pm - "Read Any Good Labels Lately?"

This is the topic of The Reno Rose Society's April meeting which is open to the public. Presenter Ann Marie Harris, Master Consulting Rosarian, will cover label information to look for in purchasing quality roses and what to look for on fertilizers, organics, and chemicals labels for the garden. For additional information, please contact Rebecca Shaw at 775-971-0777.


All seminars are free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane in our Landscape and Design Center. Seminars begin at 10:00 AM and last one hour unless otherwise stated. Seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit or call (775) 825-0600 for more information.

Local Businesses Supporting OUR Community! 

Moana Nursery proudly donates to many Local, Important Non-Profits and plans to do the same in 2015.

If you'd like to see the full list, they are posted at our garden centers and you can view the 2014 group here:

Since 1967!

Easiest Way To Conserve Water: 
  • Conservation is a fact of life in the high desert.
  • Landscape irrigation is the #1 water usage in the Truckee Meadows.
  • Irrigation systems in our area average less than 60% efficiency. Most need help and updating.
  • Fix that ... and you easily meet your conservation goals and more ... lower water bills, healthier plants & minimum water waste! 
Both your sprinkler & drip system can be improved with an investment in updating & modernization. Directional rotors, correct size emiters, drip line placement adjustments, controller management and much more are available. Regular repair, turn on/off and servicing are available too.Irrigation

  It's time to get serious about water conservation and we can help. The first important step is to make your system an efficient water distributor! Call us to schedule an appointment: (775) 825-0602 ext.134

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