The High Desert Gardener

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     Volume 04.14
                             April 1, 2014
Dawn Donovan 
             Better Plants. Better People. 

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Contact Information:  Email us at: customerservice@


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.-Fri. 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 The Florist at Moana Lane, all 3 Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops, TreeLand & Moana Rock

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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

Feature Products:
Armstrong Red Maple Tree
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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
Thriving Phlox 

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
Bonide Liquid Copper Fungicide
Uni Gro Peat Moss
Bonide Rose Rx Systemic Drench

Bonide MoleMax
Grow More Orchid Food
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Dr. Earth Hose Ready Liquid Organic Fertilizers
Weeping Spruce
Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Planting Mix
Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Planting Mix

Dramm Hoses - guarnateed
Dr. Earth Life Fertilizer (new image)

HydroFarm Seed Starter Tray & Heating Mat
HydroFarm Light, Moisture & pH Meter
Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Planting Mix
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Dr. Earth Bulb Food
ACECAP systemic insecticide tree implants
Wilco Squirrel Bait
Monterey Weed Impede
Gardeneer Season Starter
Gardeneer Harvest Guard

"If you are inclined to look for the meaning of life, get thee to a garden."

George Ball, former president of The American Horticultural Society

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 let our Irrigation Specialist do it for you: call 825-0602 x 134 to schedule an appointment.
  • Feed existing fruit trees and berries with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer
  • Prune roses on or after April 15th; 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 & Bloome Soil Building Compost
  • Start a new lawn from seed or repair an existing lawn; cover Bonide's Durable Grass Seed Products with Dr. Earth Compost and use Holographic Scare Tape to protect from birds. 

New Arrivals:

  • 'Eternal Fragrance' Daphne, Blueberries, 'Tahiti' Rose of Sharon, 'Miss Kim' Lilac; large clump Quaking Aspen at our South Virginia St. location. 
  • Cold hardy perennial: Iris, Catmint, Lavender, Veronica, Penstemon, Shasta Daisy, Sedums and Ground Covers - plant now to bloom in your spring garden later.
  • Bulk Potatoes and Organic Herb and Vegetable Starts -- ready to grow, eat and enjoy.
  • Daily arrivals of Berries, Grapes and Fruit Trees
  • Visit the Greenhouse for blooming Lilies, Hyacinths, Orchids & Violets. Houseplants of all kinds and sizes arrive weekly.
  • New fountains --. Come in to choose the perfect fountain for your yard.

Garden Art

These beautiful hand blown glass garden stakes are luminous by day and glow with light by night.  With the help of the sun's rays, these recycled glass torches bring enchantment and lasting color to your garden all year long. 

The Florist at Moana Nursery

Make someone "Hoppy"

. . . send them some flowers.  Easter is Sunday April 20th. Place your order today; call 775-825-0671.

Red Hot Specials: Daylily Stella Doro

1 gal. Daylilies, assorted colors, $4.99 (reg. $9.99) Limit 3, while supplies last. 

Bee friendly, water-wise, hummer approved





Great perennial for lining a driveway or sprinkled in an old fashion cottage garden. Plant with salvias and lamb's ear for color as well as low maintenance. Daylilies also combine beautifully with grasses, blue mist spiraea and Russian sage for a drought tolerant, hard to plant area.
WBU Large Decorative Hummingbird Feeder

WBU Decorative Feeder

20% Savings on All Regularly Priced Hummingbird Feeders


25% Savings on select Dramm Revolvers & Rainwands

 Offers valid April 1 - April 15, 2014. Limited to supply on hand.   



Home Improvement Specials


#3 'Lynwood Gold' Forsythia, reg. $28.00 $15.

#15 KV Flowering Plum, reg. $114.00 ... now $59. KV Plum in bloom
Lynwood Gold Forsythia

See all our "Spring" specials here. 

Gail's Perennial of the Month:   

Oriental Poppies      


This striking perennial has flowers in orange, salmon and reds that cannot be matched. Its five inch blooms with paper like petals stand atop fuzzy green stalks and leaves which also keep those pesky bunnies at bay. This tough, long-lived perennial creates a strong spring presence in the garden with its dense foliage and flowers.   After blooming enjoy the unique seed pods that last as the perennial clump dries to brown going completely dormant for the rest of the season. This brilliant, early bloomer has always had a place in my gardens.       

Matt's Tree of the Month: 'Prairiefire' Crabapple Prairiefire Crabapple tree


This is among the best small flowering trees for our climate. 'Prairiefire' has an impressive impact in the landscape with lustrous purple to reddish green leaves, long lasting bright red flowers and attractive reddish bark. Fast growing, durable and drought resistant when established. Plant a 'Prairiefire' and enjoy it for many years to come. Birds love their bright red berries!

Trish's New Products for Shade     


Coolaroo Shade Sails & bulk Shade Cloth allow for temporary or permanent shade solutions that protect against harmful UV rays and cool temperatures at the same time. Available at Moana Lane & South Virginia St. locations.

New Shipment of Black Clay Pottery

Black clay, which is actually brown, is high fired ensuring a hard finish that will hold up to northern Nevada's toughest weather conditions.  We have a large selection of shapes and sizes but shop early for best selection as this pottery sells fast.

April's High Desert Bird of the Month:  



There are many members of the Blackbird family in our area, including orioles and grackles. For this article we will concentrate on two of the most familiar - Red-winged and Brewer's.   Red-winged blackbirds can be found all across North America, in wetlands and marshes, but also on golf courses, drier meadows and pastures, and even at backyard bird feeders.


The male is easily recognizable, being all glossy black with red and yellow shoulder patches. During breeding season you can see them sitting on cattails, fence posts or other high perches singing nonstop; sometimes puffing up their shoulder patches in display. The female is patterned very differently than the male, being a subdued, streaky brown much like a large sparrow.


Brewer's Blackbirds are a little larger, about Robin-sized, and look very different from Red-winged. The male is a glossy, iridescent black with a bright yellow eye. Females are plainer brown, a little darker on the wings and tail and have a dark eye. In our area Brewer's can be found just about anywhere from grasslands and marshes to sagebrush and woodlands, as well as lawns, golf courses, city streets and parking lots.    

Lots more on Blackbirds, the rest of our expert's informative articles & local birds at Sign up there for our monthly Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter and more.


Gail's Plant Something Tip of the Month:

Growing your own food is a healthy and economical way to eat. It also provides you with the peace of mind and satisfaction of knowing where your food is coming from and growing it yourself. Even with our short growing season there are a number of perennial and annual food crops that you can grow for your family to eat fresh now and preserve for later.


You want to keep expanding your crops a little bit all the time - not just the amount of space but more importantly by using your space efficiently. The easiest way to do this is by planting your edibles successively throughout the season and customizing your own edible landscape to suit your family's favorites.


The best advice I have ever been given is to keep planting. When a space opens up, replant it, always amending the soil with compost. The timing for planting spring crops is an important part of extending our growing season; using row covers and season extenders becomes a crucial tool in our high desert extreme temperatures of 65 degree days and 25 degree nights.

Get our high desert veggie calendar here.

New from Moana Landscape Services  . . .  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.
  • Coming soon Convenient Container Planting - drop off your pot(s) and we'll do the rest. 





Need rock for your landscape project? We can deliver and spread! And check out our flagstone, Sunset Gold and Mesquite Charcoal, both in the -1 size, perfect for walkways and patios.  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. 


Irrigation Turn-ons & Spring Tune-ups

Start the season off with a water-wise irrigation system. Make sure your system has proper coverage and no leaks or broken/clogged heads that waste water.

Call 825-0602 x 134 to schedule our Irrigation Specialist.
For do-it-yourselfers ... here is our on/off video. 
Moana Nursery Irrigation Winterization.wmv
Moana Nursery Irrigation On/Off.wmv

Upcoming Seminars and Events:


Special Event:


April 5: Reno Rose Society Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration

held at the Reno Municipal Rose Garden in Idlewild Park from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00. After an initial presentation on rose care and pruning, we will break into small groups to give hands on demonstrations of pruning techniques on the different rose classification (hybrid teas, floribunda's, miniatures and climbers) in the garden.  Bring bypass pruners, alcohol or Lysol Spray & heavy gloves; also suggested are lunch and bottled water. For more info, call Rebecca Shaw, President of the Reno Rose Society, at 775-971-0777.


April Seminars


April 5: The Art and Science of Drip Irrigation        

Back by popular demand are Moana Nursery's Irrigation Specialist Ryan Morgan and Plant Doctor Jon Bruyn who will explain and show the basics of drip irrigation and how to determine if you have adequate coverage, without wasting water, for your plants to thrive. They will also share tips that ensure efficient, effective watering. If you don't understand your drip system, this seminar is a must.


April 12: Organic Vegetable Gardening Made Simple       

Join Craig Frezzette, urban farmer and owner of City Green Gardens, to learn the basic steps of creating and tending an organic garden - from living soil and seed starting to providing weather and critter protection. Based on years of experience with his own high desert organic 'market garden' - - 
Craig has figured out how to successfully grow in our climate. Craig sells his produce to local restaurants, the public and the Reno food coop and is passionate about the local food movement.


April 19: How to Fight Alzeheimer's Disease from the Garden

Join Michelle Deetken, Ph.D., holistic nutritionist, gardener and local author for this enlightening primer on Alzheimer's disease and dementia. She'll discuss why gardening is a great activity to combat Alzheimer's, the importance of fresh fruits and veggies and the best ones for northern Nevada gardens. She will have her book "Alzheimer's Disease, A Holistic Approach" available for purchase (cash or check) and signing.


April 26: Beginner's Guide to Bountiful Tomatoes and Their Cousins 

Join Plant Doctor and long time high desert gardener Jon Bruyn to learn how easy it is to successfully grow and enjoy (harvest) tomatoes and other complementary warm season vegetables in the high desert. He'll discuss varieties and proper care throughout the season. While this presentation is tailored to the novice gardener, it will cover many tips that advanced gardeners will find useful.

Plan & Plant Moana Lane garden center water feature
(Do-It-Yourself Assistance)
Now is the perfect time to use our Plan & Plant resource to easily design and get expert assistance for those dreams and changes you have for your yard. Take a look and see if it inspires you ... we all can be "landscape designers" with these simple tools.
Or ... explore our expert advice and high desert fact sheets on subjects that may be of interest to you. 

Our website is filled with local gardening & landscaping advice to make you a green industry, high desert expert.
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