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The High Desert Gardener
           August 1, 2017: Volume 08.17
                        Weed it and Reap!

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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, Tree Land & 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
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 

Bloomstruck Hydrangea

Champagne Wishes Rose

Rubrum Pennisetum

Darley Sunshine Graptosedum

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.

Tommyco Garden Kneelers

BurnOut Weed and Grass Killer

Mosquito Beater for standing water application

Mosquito Beater Area Repellent

Sterling WHY Rescue Traps
Dramm Nozzels

Repels Burrowing Animals

Grow More Orchid Food
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Bartlett Pears

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Uni-Gro Potting Soils


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. Make a note to apply Beneficial Nematodes next spring to control the weevils in their larval stage.
Ants have been reported by many as being a huge nuisance inside and outside - especially on patios & walkways. Treat with Bonide Revenge Ant Killer according to directions. 
  • Heat stressed trees will drop some leaves to conserve moisture.  Additional watering and mulching will help somewhat in this situation. 
  • Mulch, mulch, mulch with G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner, Compost or Planting Mixes.
  • Water infrequently and deeply - not frequently and lightly. Early morning is always the best time to water. Nighttime watering can cause fungus on grass. Click here for How to Water Wisely for Healthy Plants.
  • Watch closely for signs of scorch on tender new foliage - the margins of leaves turn brown and crispy - indicating lack of water and/or exposure to hot drying winds.
  • Monitor newly planted trees and shrubs for insects or disease. Succulent new growth is often the first area to be attacked by insects.
  • Pruning is generally not advised this month, with the exception of shrubs that have just flowered; prune immediately following their flowering.

To celebrate Hot August Nights, we are happy to share a poem entitled "Memories of Old (Route) 66" ... penned by our Moana Nursery teammate, Frankie Arrington.

Memories of Old 66

You were already dying when I first met you,
but I didn't know it. I thought you would live forever.
You were the Grande Dame of the country,
the symbol of progress in the 20th century;
you opened the door of opportunity
for a restless nation on the move.
You were farmers fleeing the Dust Bowl,
Army transports in WWII;
You were hope & despair, adventure & heartbreak:
The Mother Road, 
& I'll never forget you.
For entire poem, click here

Moana Nursery Rewards Program Members Only Specials: 
  • 15% Savings on All Outdoor Fountains
  • 15% Savings on Florist at Moana's Sweet Summer Surprise Bouquet 
In stock and full priced.
Offer expires July 15, 2017 

Attention Moana Rewards Members:  
Rewards Certificates were mailed July 21.  Please contact us at  if you think you earned one and haven't received it.  Remember the amount of your reward is based on retail purchases from January 1 thru June 30, 2017 with a minimum purchase of $100 to earn a Rewards Certificate. All certificates expire Sunday, September 17, 2017.  To view the 2017 brochure and read about eligibility, please click here.  

New Arrivals:
Kashmir Rose 

Shrubs: 'Hawaii,' 'Tahiti', 'Bali' & 'Fiji' Rose of Sharon; 'Strawberry Sundae,' 'Bloomstruck,' 'Bobo,' 'White Diamonds,' & 'Little Lime' Hydrangeas; 'Tiger's Eyes' Sumac.

Roses: 'Champagne Wishes' & 'Kashmir'.

Perennials - plant once and enjoy year after year: 'Nutty Fiona Bronze' Mum, 'Sunset Spice' Gaillardia, 'Appletini' Heuchera.

Annuals - plant every year: 'Cabaret Hot Pink' Calibrachoa, 'Amore Queen of Hearts' Petunia, 'Blue Eyed Beauty' Osteospermum, 'Penny Primrose Bicolor' Viola.

Annual Grass - plant every year: 'Fireworks' & 'Rubrum' Pennisetum.

Succulents: 'Black' Sempervivum, 'Darley Sunshine' Graptosedum, 'Campfire' Crassula.
Tahiti Rose of Sharon
Bobo Hydrangea
White Diamonds Hydrengea
Fiji Rose of Sharon

Bali Rose of Sharon
Tiger's Eyes Sumac

Nutty Fiona Bronze Mum

Sunset Spice Gaillardia
Appletini Heuchera

Amore Queen of Hearts Petunia

Penny Primrose Bicolor Viola
Fireworks Pennisetum


Cabaret Hot Pink Calibrachoa

Black Sempervivum
Campfire Crassula

Crazy for Quail! 
Get ready to bring home an entire quail family of metal birds to your garden or home.  We have papa, mama and their baby chicks to create the whole family.  We also have a very grand, large quail to watch over the whole covey.  Hurry in as these birds are very popular and fly out fast.


New Bonide
Weed Beater Fe  

Naturally occurring iron kills broadleaf weeds, disease, moss, algae and greens up lawns. People and pet safe.


From the Florist at Moana
Surprise your special someone with the Sweet Summer Surprise bouquet!  A colorful array of summer blooms in a fun vintage style mason jar (regularly 48) now 15% off for Moana Rewards Members. Call 775-825-0671 or visit our website to place your order.

Carmel's August High Desert Bird of the Month:        
Rufous Hummingbird  
Scientific name: Selasphorus rufus
The Rufous is a fairly small hummingbird with a slender, nearly straight bill, a tail that tapers to a point when folded, and fairly short wings that don't reach the end of the tail when the bird is perched. In good light, male Rufous Hummingbirds glow like coals: bright orange on the back and belly, with a vivid iridescent-red throat. Females are green above with rufous-washed flanks, rufous patches in the green tail, and often a spot of orange in the throat.

These hummingbirds typically breed in open or shrubby areas, forest openings, yards, and parks, and sometimes in forests, thickets, swamps, and meadows from sea level to about 6,000 feet. During their migration, look for Rufous Hummingbirds as high as in our mountain meadows up to 10,000 feet elevation. 

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 New Green Solutions Tray and Fly Thru Feeders.  
Ready to hang! They are made of maintenance-free, durable recycled material and are produced in the USA. Birds love perching on the rods of the tray feeders and it provides ample room for your hungry birds. Easy to clean and fill.  Great for feeding live meal worms in.


Bree's Plant of the Month: Sedum
Also known as Stonecrop this showy leaf succulent is very drought tolerant. Sedum varieties can be low growing or upright and range in beautiful autumn colors like lime green, burgundy, magenta, and yellow. Some sedums produce clumping flowers atop their upright stems. These perennials are perfect for late summer blooming.

Debbie's High Desert Shrub of the Month:
'Dark Knight' Caryopteris
Commonly called Bluebeard, Blue Spiraea or Blue Mist. Low-mounded, deciduous shrub with aromatic foliage. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects. Very effective in large groups, massed or as a low hedge. Valued for its late summer to fall flowers when few other shrubs are in bloom. Likes full sun and well drained soil; tolerates some drought. No serious insect or disease problems.      

Bree's August Planting Tips:
  • With the hot temperatures, be sure to thoroughly water plants, hanging baskets and container gardens.
  • Start perennial and biennial plants from seed either this month or next.
  • Continue to deadhead perennials and annuals for a longer bloom season.

50th Anniversary Specials - - August 1 - 15, 2017  
50% Savings* on One of Each of the Following Five Specials: 
  • #1 Blue Vinca Minor (reg. 10.99)
  • #2 Fire Meidiland Groundcover Rose (reg. 34)
  • 20lb Black Oil Sunflower (reg. 21.99) 
  • G&B Organics Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer,   any size (reg. 11.99/32/56)
  • Terrarium (reg. 29.99) 
Applies to full priced merchandise in stock.
Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.


High Desert Landscape Specials**
20% Savings on each,  August 1 - 15 
  • #15 'Autumn Blaze' Maple (reg. 134)   
  • #15 Multi Stem River Birch (reg. 166)  
  • #5 'Flame' Multi Stem Amur Maple (reg. 34)
  • #5 'Rose Glow' Barberry (reg. 34)
  • 3 cf  G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner      (reg. 14.99)
**Applies to full-priced Moana-grown trees & shrubs in stock.


                                                                                                    All August 1st to 15th Specials Here.

Wild Birds Unlimited
Freshest Bird Seed in Town   

Red Hot Prices August 1 - 15

Quail Block, 5.5 lbs.                14.99 reg./12.99 sale 

No Mess Seed Cylinder           26.99 reg./23.99 sale

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business 
Our Potting Shed at the Moana Lane location is open; please inquire about drop-off container services at our Moana Lane Store or the Landscape Design Center -- 825-0602 x134.
Other services include:
  • Plant Based Garden Design, Installation and Maintenance
  • Specialty Gardens
  • Annual Bedding Color
  • Custom On-Site Exterior Container Plantings
  • Potting Shed Drop-Off Container and Event Services
  • Seasonal and Holiday Decorating
For information or estimates on our other services, call 825-0602 x134. 

Interior Plant Services 
Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects

Corporate Point Office Building - - Renovated lobby. Designed the project around the designers art work.

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.

Upcoming Events
(Seminars will resume in September):

August 8 - 15: Hot August Nights 

August 17:   Raise the River Fundraiser - - A Sensory Experience to Benefit KTMB (Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful)

Ignite your senses with culinary delights, craft libations, entertainment and interactive activities at five sensory stations themed for taste, smell, sight, touch & sound. Moana Nursery is sponsoring the Sense of Sight.
From 5:30 - 8 PM Sensory Garden in Idlewild Park, Reno

Tickets at

See you there!

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