The High Desert Gardener
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      Volume 08.15:  August 1, 2015
    If Friends Were Flowers, We'd Pick You!
Dawn Donovan 
      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    

 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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Featured 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/Conditioner and Dr. Earth Life or Starter Fertilizer

Dr Earth Starter Fertilizer

'Bloomstruck' Hydrangea
'Del Mar' Aechmea
'All Gold' Hakonechloa
'Vanilla Strawberry' Hydrangea
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
Bonide MoleMax
Grow More Orchid Food

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Timely, Local High Desert Tips
Now is the Time To ...

Pest Alert:

Root Weevils are having a field day on numerous shrubs & peonies - you'll know you have them by their tell-tale notching of the leaves. To control, treat with a combination of Bonide Systemic Granule Insect Control with Bonide Eight.

  • Ants continue to be a nuisance inside and outside - especially on patios & walkways. Treat with Bonide Ant, Roach & Spider Killer Spray or Bonide Revenge Ant Killer according to directions
  • Voluntary 10% water reduction is in effect; follow these tips to conserve water and be kind to your plants:
  • Bonide Tomato & Vegetable 3 in 1 may be used as an insecticide, fungicide & miticide up to the day of harvest.
  • If tomato plants are looking anemic, spray with Dr. Earth Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Liquid Fertilizer in the early evening (around 7:00 pm).

August Special Rewards Members Only Offer
(thru 8/16):

15% Savings
on ALL 3.5/4 inch SUCCULENTS
Full priced & in-stock
Attention Moana Nursery Rewards Members - - Rewards Certificates were mailed out July 10th. They expire 8/31/15. Please contact us if you think you earned one and didn't receive it. Remember that the amount of your reward is based on your retail and landscape purchases between January 1 - June 30, 2015 with a minimum of $100 in purchases to receive a reward. To view the 2015 brochure and read about eligibility, See 2015 Program here

New Arrivals:
  • Trees, shrubs & vines: 'Sweet Cherry Pie' cherry trees; 'Atomic Red' Trumpet Vine; 'Peach Cobbler' Butterfly Bush; Incense Cedar; Weeping White Spruce.
  • House Plants: Medinilla Braid, 'Kay & 'Milena' Guzmania.
  • 2016 Botanical Seeds & Succulent Plant Poppers.
Weeping White Spruce
'Atomic Red' Trumpet Vine


Incense Cedar








'Kay' Guzmania


Medinilla Braid

'Milena' Guzmania







'Peach Cobbler' Butterfly Bush











Music for Your Garden and Patio

Corinthian Bells wind chimes combine excellence in design with incredible tones and resonance.  Each tube is precision cut and hand tuned so that is produces a note that is true to its scale.  Their superb sound quality, which is the art of chime making, is what sets them apart from all the rest.  All of their wind chimes are handcrafted in the USA and come with a warranty.  Come in and hear the difference.


New Arrivals for Your Birds & Landscape


Wide selection of granite, stone and metal birdbaths now in stock. A beautiful addition to any backyard birdscape and landscape.



The Florist at Moana Nursery

Do you have a special anniversary or birthday coming up? Flowers are the perfect present! The Florist at Moana always has the freshest flowers in stock. We would love to help you celebrate!
Just give the Florist at Moana a call at 825-0671 or online at and we will deliver your flowers with a smile!!!  

Carmel's August Bird of the Month:

White-breasted Nuthatch 

Scientific name: Sitta carolinensis 


How to identify: White-breasted Nuthatches are gray-blue on the back, with a frosty white face and underparts. The black or gray cap and neck frame the face and make it look like this bird is wearing a hood. The lower belly and under the tail are often chestnut. The largest nuthatch, this is still a small bird with a large head and almost no neck. The tail is very short, and the long, narrow bill is straight or slightly upturned.


Habitat: Nuthatches are birds of mature woods and woodland edges. They're particularly associated with deciduous stands, including maple, hickory, basswood, and oak, though they can be found in some coniferous forests.

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

Carmel's Wild Birds Unlimited August Birding Tip

August is for molting.  Feeding your birds food that is high in protein will aid in growth of strong feathers for proper flight and effective insulation.  These foods include any blend with tree nuts, seeds like Nyjer (thistle), Birdacious Bark Butter Foods and mealworms.

Karma's Featured Insect Controls:

  • Bonide Revenge Equine Fly Spray has a weatherproof feature that binds to hair shafts to repel and protect animals from insects, rain, dust and dirt for up to 14 days. Use as a spray, wipe on, or roll on to kill and repel over 70 species of listed flying and crawling insects, on horses, ponies, foals, dogs and in and around premises. Available only at our South Virginia and Pyramid Hwy. locations.  
  • Maggie's Farm Simply Effective Ant Killer - Are ants creating a nuisance around your humming bird nectar?  Maggie's Farm Ant Killer is a thick syrup bait containing 5% borax in a super-sweet formula ants cannot resist. The syrup attracts ants fast and kills all common household ants. Available only at our South Virginia and Moana Lane locations.

Matt's Water-wise Shrub of the Month: 'Woodbridge' Rose of Sharon


This easy-to-grow shrub is prized for its tropical looking late summer blooms. Like all hardy hibiscus 'Woodridge' is water-wise, tolerant of heat and cold and adaptable to different soil types.


Bree's Water-wise Perennial of the Month:



There are numerous types of sedum, all of which have unusual fleshy, succulent leaves topped with star shaped flowers in late summer and fall. Flower colors include red, pink, gold, yellow, and white, depending on the species. This low maintenance, drought tolerant perennial can be used in many ways in your landscape and containers, attracts butterflies and is great as a fresh cut flower.

Bree's August Gardening Tips:

  • Remove dead flowers from your annuals and perennials; this will make a big difference in the overall appearance of your garden and your plants should continue to flower longer into the season.
  • Fall blooming crocus should be planted this month to give you an extra week or two of flowers after the main garden plants have finished for the year. 
  • Start your fall and winter vegetables now. Plant starters or seeds of green onions, carrots, beets, lettuce, spinach, radishes, and winter cauliflower directly into the garden early this month.

Matt's Water-Wise Home Improvement Specials:
$67  #15  'Prairiefire' Crabapple  (reg.$122).
$17  #5  'Royal Purple' Smokebush  (reg. $29).



    30% Savings

ALL Fruit Trees and ALL Evergreen Trees!







Red Hot:  30% Savings

on Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizers & Planting Mix plus Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Fertilizers & Planting Mix.


August Summer Savings ... 
see it all here. 

Bulk Material Installation & Spreading  


New lower prices on several popular landscape materials. We can deliver and spread!   We are located right behind the Garden Center on South Virginia St. and are open 7 days a week. Call us at 775-853-1319 x 3.


Interior Plant Services

Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects

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.




Moana Seminars will resume September 12th.

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.



The large containers pictured here are available for rent - for a wedding, party or other event. Contact Leslie at 825-0602 x134 for details.

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! 
  • Add water holding organic material to your soil - - amend or mulch - - and conserve even more!
  • Treat weeds as thieves ... they steal water and other important resources and may even strangle healthy plants.
Both your sprinkler & drip system can be improved with an investment in updating & modernization. Directional rotors, correct size emitters, 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.

See our new TV commercial ... Here!
It's going to be hard to live with all our new "movie stars."

Dear Plant Doctor,

How deep should I plant my new plants?


Most plants benefit from being planted with the top of the rootball at the existing soil level - not the top of the container it came in. If planted too high, it will dry out faster, scalding the top of the rootball, stressing it and even killing it if not remedied quickly.


Planting too deep can slowly rot the roots and eventually kill the plant. Most plants that are planted too deep will have a dark soil ring stain around the base of the trunk or crown of the plant and its roots will emit a strong odor.

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:

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