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The High Desert Gardener
           April 1, 2017: Volume 04.17
                        Weed it and Reap!
            Better Plants. Better Advice. Better Results. 

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Contact Information:  Email us at
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  
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
At All three locations Including all 3 Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops, TreeLand & Moana Rock.
 The Florist at Moana Lane is closed Sunday (except Mother's Day & Easter Sunday) but great arrangements are 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:

For planting success, we recommend using these three products when planting or transplanting all plants:
Superthrive, Gardner & Bloome (now G&B Organics) Soil Building Conditioner and G&B Organics Starter or All Purpose Fertilizers 

G&B Organics Starter Fertilizer
Two aerial photos, fall & summer, of our four-season growing nursery in Canby, Oregon.  Mt. Hood is east of the tree & shrub farm; the fall photo is looking west.

4D Purple Osteospermum

Petite Wonder Monarda

Montego Yellow Snapdragon

Kelseyi Dwarf Dogwood

Moonlight Sonata Dahlia

Bonide All Seasons_ Spray Oil
Bonide MoleMax

Grow More Orchid Food

Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control

Wilco Squirrel Bait Station
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Wilco Squirrel Bait

Bartlett Pears

Bing Cherries

Uni-Gro Potting Soils
Rose and Flower Planting Mix
Rainier Cherries

Citrus and Fruit Tree Fertilizer
Concern Weed Prevention

Plantskydd Repellent for Rabbits _ small creatures

Osmocote Plant Food

Toka Plum

Fruit Trees have arrived.

Honeycrisp Apples
Hello spring! Come join us for our "Back to the '60s" 50th Anniversary Party. Many 50% savings opportunities, fruit trees at '60s prices plus much more. We'll be all dressed up for some fun in tie-dye & biker hats.


"Knowledge consists of knowing that a tomato is a fruit, and wisdom consists of not putting it in a fruit salad." 
~ Miles Kington

Timely, Local High Desert Tips - -
Now is the time to ...
  • Turn on your irrigation system and inspect for leaks, broken/clogged heads, coverage and other problems. Or let Moana Nursery's irrigation specialist do it for you; call 825-0602 x134 to schedule an appointment.
  • Release beneficial nematodes when night time temperatures are above 45 degrees for control of soil dwelling pests. Ladybugs, praying mantids & lacewings can be released at the same time to control a wide range of garden pests.
  • Install Mason Bees & nest tube now to help with early pollination of fruit trees.
  • To bring an old lawn renewed vigor, top dress with G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner or G&B Organics Planting Compost to ¼ inch depth.
  • Feed trees and shrubs that have been planted more than a year. Moana recommends Gro-Power Toss'n'Gro Fertilizer and systemic Bonide Annual Tree & Shrub Insect Control if insects have been a problem in the past.
  • Hummingbirds will begin appearing this month. Put out hummingbird feeders in order to attract new visitors. Change nectar frequently until they begin feeding regularly when you'll have to refill!

Moana Nursery Rewards Program Members Only Special:

15% Savings on 'High in the Desert' Terrarium ($50).  Bring the beauty of the desert into your home with this easy care container featuring beautiful succulents or cacti. To order call the Florist at Moana: 871-0671  

Not a member? Join at any store. See 2017 Program brochure here.    

Wedding Dreams Come True with the Florist at Moana

Keeping up with current trends for Wedding Bouquets, The Florist at Moana Nursery can make your Wedding Dreams come true! Call for a complimentary consultation with one of our Wedding Specialists at 775-825-0671 or email at

50th Anniversary Birthday Party Specials* April 1-2 Only
  • #5 Apples, Cherries, Pears, Plums 29.99 (reg. 63-74)
  • 50 Gerbera Daisies from the Florist - 50 (reg. 150) - Grab & Go Only
  • 50% Savings on Your Choice of One Item per Household -- In Stock & Regular Retail Price - Valued up to $1000. Excludes Gift Cards & Services
  • All the regular April Anniversary and Landscape Savings too.
*All are limited to stock on hand while supplies last.

New Arrivals:
Tiny Wine Ninebark

Shrubs: 'Orange Rocket' Barberry, 'Purple Gem' Rhododendron, Lydia Broom, Blue Shag White Pine, Papoose Spruce, 'Kelseyi' Dwarf Dogwood, Baton Rouge Dogwood, 'Mr. Bowling Ball' Arborvitae, 'Miss Kim' Lilac, Tiny Wine Ninebark, Spiral Boxwood, Spiral Blue Point Juniper.  
Trees: Serpentine Snowfountains Flowering Cherry
Annuals: 'Cosmic Mix' Cosmos, '4D Purple' Osteospermum, 'Orange Fizz' Citrus Geranium, 'Bonanza Yellow' Marigold,  'Montego Yellow' Snapdragon. 
Perennials: 'Double Pleat Blackberry' Aquilegia, 'Rosea' Bleeding Heart, 'Petite Wonder' Monarda, 'Violet Pinwheels' Phlox. 
Herbs: Peppermint, 'Orange' Thyme & Catnip

Orange Rocket Barberry
Mr. Bowling Ball Arborvitae
Purple Gem Rhododendron

Papoose Spruce

Miss Kim Lilac


Lydia Broom

Blue Shag White Pine

Double Pleat Blackberry Aquilegia

Cosmic Mix Cosmos
Orange Fizz Citrus Geranium
Orange Thyme

Violet Pinwheels Phlox

Serpentine Snowfountains Flowering Cherry

Beneficial Insects Have Arrived

Praying mantidsladybugs, lacewings, and beneficial nematodes essential for IPM (Integrated Pest Management) for controlling nuisance pests in your yard and garden. Beneficial nematodes control over 200 soil dwelling and wood boring pests including grubs, weevils and fungus gnats.  Ladybugs and green lacewings are two of the garden's best pest fighters in one cup.  Lacewings, (AKA aphid lions), devour up to 1,000 aphids a day and attack mites, whiteflies, leafhoppers, thrips, caterpillars and more. Earthworms improve soil structure and fertility.




Melody's Spring Décor
Welcome Spring!  Get ready for Easter this year with touches of spring around your
home.  With a garden-fresh palette, this cheery decor is a welcome change from the winter blues.



Modular Greenhouses Special
This revolutionary, expandable greenhouse will not blow down.  Designed, engineered, & manufactured locally, Modular Greenhouses are made of aluminum and twin wall polycarbonate and can be assembled in less than an hour.  Each greenhouse comes with a 10-year guarantee. The first 25 ordered during our 50th Birthday Party will receive free installation in the Reno-Sparks area. Modular greenhouses are excluded from 50% Birthday specials.
Live demonstration Saturday 11 am at South Virginia St. location & 2 pm at Moana Lane location. Sunday at 11 am at Pyramid Hwy. location.

50th Anniversary Specials - - April 1 - 16
50% Savings* on One of Each of the Following five Specials: 
  • Tillandsia Necklace (reg. 12.99)
  • Hummingbird Nectar Dots (reg. 4.99)
  • 24 Hour Votive Candle (reg. 3.99)
  • #2 'Sensation' Lilac (reg. 34)
  • 4 lb, 12 lb, 25 lb -- G&B Organics Citrus & Fruit Tree or Starter Fertilizer (11.99/32/56)

*cannot be combined with other discounts - April 1st to April 16th.

High Desert Landscape Specials**
20% Savings on each 
  • #15 'Chanticleer' Flowering Pear (reg. 134)
  • #15 'Krauter Vesuvius' Flowering Plum (reg. 132)
  • #5 'Rose Glow' Barberry (reg. 34)
  • #5 'Goldfinger' Potentilla (reg. 34)
  • 3 cu.ft. Raised Bed & Potting Mix (reg. 15.99)
**Applies to full-priced Moana-grown trees & shrubs in stock. Offers expire April 16th.
KV Plum in bloom  

All April 1st & 2nd Specials Here.

April 3rd to April 16th Specials Here.   

Bree's Plant of the Month: Creeping Phlox

This beautiful perennial groundcover spreads to display a thick blanket of various vibrant blooms including pink, lavender, red, white and bluish-purple and comes back every spring. A sturdy, low maintenance plant that is perfect for hiding unsightly slopes and creeps its way between rocks or cascades over a wall. Plant now for spring color. 

Bree's April Gardening Tips:  
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs like dahlias, gladiolas & lilies.
  • Divide perennials like daylilies, iris, mums, daisies and phlox.
  • Plant perennial vegetables like asparagus, rhubarb and horseradish.
  • Plant peas, carrots, spinach, cauliflower and cabbage.
  • When danger of frost has passed, uncover strawberry beds and keep them well watered.

Carmel's April High Desert Bird of the Month:                 
American Robin  

Scientific name:
Turdus migratorius   
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.
Click here to read the rest of Carmel's informative articles and more on local birds at
Sign up there for our monthly Wild Birds Unlimited newsletter. 

Carmel's Featured Bird Product:  APS (Advanced Pole System) Basic Set Up for Yard or Deck.
Great way to get started and create a bird-feeding station in minutes!  

Wild Birds Unlimited Freshest Bird Seed in Town
Red Hot Prices - April 1-16th! - 20 lb. bag
  • Nyjer                49.99 / 45.99 Sale
  • No Mess Plus  49.99 / 45.99 Sale

Melody's New Gift Ideas for the Home

Great gift ideas from California artist, Mary Lake Thompson.  Mary is from Oroville, CA and takes her inspiration for her art and photography from rural California landscapes and wildlife.  We are featuring her artwork on her dish towels and tote bags.  All of her items are designed and produced in the USA.

Carmel's Featured Wild Birds Unlimited Book - Hot off the Press ... Exclusively at Wild Birds Unlimited

The Joy of Bird Feeding Book by Jim Carpenter
The Joy of Bird Feeding is the ultimate reference for backyard bird watchers and bird feeders. It offers practical tips and solutions to attracting and identifying birds, offering the best foods for the birds you want to see, and how to deter those unwanted guests to feeding stations. Each chapter focuses on an important aspect of the hobby and guides readers to the essential steps of bird feeding mastery. Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited Jim Carpenter brings a lifelong passion for birds and bird feeding along with real solutions to make anyone s backyard a paradise for the birds and for bird watchers.

Debbie's High Desert Shrub of the Month:                  
PJM Rhododendron

Grows to 3-6' x 3-6' and has beautiful bright lavender-pink blooms with small dark green leaves that take on a mahogany-brown color in the winter. Noted for its exceptional tolerance to heat and cold and rabbit resistance, it makes a nice border and looks great in woodland gardens. Likes rich soil and requires wet drained soil. Clip off spent flower clusters immediately after bloom. 

Upcoming Seminars

April 1: Successful Nevada Gardening  
Are you looking for information on how to succeed at gardening, despite the challenges of our northern Nevada environment? Join Plant Doctor, certified arborist and horticulturist Lisa Braginton to learn about soils, best watering practices, and some of the plants that will survive and even thrive here. She'll share proven tips and commiseration!
April 8:  Organic Vegetable Gardening Made Simple                        Join Rebekah Stetson, high desert farmer and former Urban Roots Farm Manager, to learn tips and techniques 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.  You'll leave prepared to start gardening organically.  Rebekah has over 8 years' experience growing plants and animals organically, with success, in our arid high desert climate. Her delicious and sustainable ventures include Sunny Day Organic Farms and Labour of Love.  
April 8: Vegetable Growing Tips - Pyramid Hwy: 1-2 PM
If you're interested in growing vegetables, join Plant Doctor Michelle Gilmore to learn tips and techniques for the basic steps of creating and tending an organic garden. Michelle will coach you to gardening success - from seed starting, living soil and transplanting to season extending and pest management.
April 8: Succulent Terrarium Workshop -- Moana Lane: 2-3 PM     Join our talented floral designer Gigi Williams for this lively workshop to learn how to create & care for a succulent terrarium. Gigi will share design & care tips. Cost is $45 and includes all materials. Must sign up and pay workshop fee in advance at our Moana Lane store or you can call 825-0671 to register with a credit card. (No shows will not be refunded their money.) Class size is limited to 12 adults (minimum of 4). Workshop will be held in the Floral Department at Moana Lane.
April 9: The Reno Hawk Project - Final Discoveries! 12-2 PM
Join UNR doctoral student Justin White, of the Reno Hawk Project, as he reviews the final results of his study of Red-tailed hawks that live in urban areas of the Truckee Meadows region. Over the last few years, White and a team of interns have monitored Reno and Sparks' Red-tail hawk nests with cameras, spotting-scopes and binoculars, trying to learn more about where urban hawks live, what they eat, and how they coexist with humans. Now at the end of the project, he will be presenting the results of the study along with photos he collected during the study.  Come join us for an exciting presentation on the hawks that live among us!

April 15 - Easter weekend

April 22: In Your Garden Now                                                          Attend this seminar for timely information on what your garden and landscape needs to flourish this upcoming season. Tips on fertilizing, pruning, watering and what to plant now, will be discussed. The Adventures of Gardening!  Let Plant Doctor, certified arborist and gardening addict Steve Packer share with you all the fun things you can do in your yard now.

April 22: Moana Nursery Earth Day Event - at Moana Lane from 10 AM to Noon in conjunction with: 
  • KTMB with their Decomposition Timeline interactive game & recycling guides
  • Teresa Aquila of the Sherriff's Department will provide information on the department's April 29th Prescription Drug Round Up.
  • H2O Environmental representative will provide information their services and what household items they recycle.
  • Special Kids Activity: Make a seed tape.
  • Learn the basics of composting; see what compost looks like at the beginning and end and pick-up a free sample of G&B Organics Starter Fertilizer to activate your compost pile.
  • Drop off unwanted/unusable insecticides, weed killers, rodent bait and other pesticides for disposal.
  • Drop off 1 gallon or larger black plastic plant containers for recycling.
April 29: The Secret to a Healthy, Water-Thrifty Lawn & Responsible Water Use
Plant Doctor Jon Bruyn will share some simple steps to ensure your lawn will be its very best this year - from watering, feeding, weed control and mowing practices to animal and winter damage repair. He'll also discuss other low maintenance, living alternatives to turf grass.
All seminars are free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane, in our Landscape and Design Center unless otherwise stated. Seminars begin promptly at 10 a.m. and last one hour unless otherwise noted. Please arrive 15 minutes early as seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit or call (775) 825-0600 for more information.

Upcoming Event:

Back to the '60s ... 

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business 

Our talented team led by Leslie Richardson has expanded their menu of services: 
  • Custom Containers
  • Garden Design, Installation & Maintenance
  • Seasonal Color
  • Specialty Gardens of all types
Call Leslie today at 825-0602 x134 for free estimate.  
Interior Plant Services  
Featuring Lewis Apartment Communities' leasing office & clubhouse at Harvest of Damonte Ranch - a luxury apartment community. Their gorgeous clubhouse and office are accessorized by plants provided by Moana Nursery.

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.

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  • Weekly Specials
  • High Desert Plant Finder & Guide 
  • And much more ...
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