The High Desert Gardener
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      Volume 02.15:  February 2, 2015
                    Weed it and Reap!
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

Winter Store Hours   

 Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

 Sunday  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


All three locations Including all 3 Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shops, TreeLand & Moana Rock.  **Pyramid Hwy. store closed on Wednesday & Thursday - - Opens 10 a.m. Sun., Mon. & Tue. 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:
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
Bonide Wilt Stop
Succulent Terrarium
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
Water-Wise 'Autumn Blaze' Maples
Dr. Earth Life Fertilizer (new image)
Dr. Earth Life Fertilizer
Bonide MoleMax
Grow More Orchid Food
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Helpful Links:
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Nature News e-Newsletter
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the Wild Birds Unlimited e-Newsletter from Moana Nursery HERE
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

Happy Groundhog Day!
Timely, Local High Desert Tips ...
Now is the Time To ...

Mother Nature has not been kind to us in 2015 - she seems to be favoring everyone east of Reno though they may not be feeling as grateful as we would with all that snow and rain! So our winter watering mantra continues - especially with our warmer than normal temps


Winter Watering is a Must!

Visit this helpful link on high desert winter watering to read our fact sheet "Winter Watering."

Water all your plants now - lawn, trees, shrubs, perennials, etc. - especially those that are newly planted and in more exposed areas.   To survive and thrive, all plants need water every two to three weeks. When temperatures turn much colder, water once a month when the ground is not frozen or clear of snow.   Watering will need to be done by hand - so keep your hoses accessible.

Plants in the ground, especially newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials, need the equivalent of one inch of precipitation per month.   Plants in containers need more since they dry out faster.

  • Participate in the Great Back Yard Bird Count February 13 - 16th.   Visit any Moana Nursery or go to for details.
  • To control both grassy and broadleaf weeds in lawns, apply Bonide Weedbeater Complete, a pre-emergent and post-emergent, in late February or early March as weather permits.
  • Prune ornamental and fruit trees in late February or March. Click here for pruning tips.   Attend February 21st pruning seminar described below. Wondering about what tools are required for pruning? Click here.
  • Apply Bonide All Seasons Horticultural & Dormant Oil to trees and shrubs to prevent insect infestations. Spray three weeks later and before buds swell to control leaf diseases such as peach leaf curl and powdery mildew. 
  • Early bulbs, especially those planted with a southern exposure or close to a house, might sprout prematurely. The first greenery to show is foliage with flower buds emerging much later. Cold weather might damage the edges of the foliage, but unless the flower bud has appeared, it will not affect the future flowering or health of the bulb.

From the Florist at Moana


Send some love today to your sweetheart with beautiful flowers from The Florist at Moana Nursery. Call 825-0671 today to place your order.

Valentine Gifts at Moana Lane

Put a special gift in our Valentine tin gift boxes or place delicious treats on lovely Valentine glass plates. Or embellish a plant or floral arrangement with a heart-shaped plant pick and add a Valentine votive candle holder or a wooden heart ornament.

Remember your Furry Friends on Valentine's Day!

We have all natural dog toys made from jute and recycled water bottles for them to enjoy.

Moana Nursery Rewards Members:

Please contact us if you think you earned a Rewards Certificate and have not received it. They expire February 28th.

To view the 2014 brochure and read about eligibility, please click here.

February Special Rewards Members Only Offer (thru 2/15)
15% off all regularly priced fertilizers & seed starting mix!

New Arrivals:

Fruit Trees: apple, apricot, cherry, peach, plum, pear; pink flowering almond

Cool Weather Color & Herbs: Pansies, primulas, coral bells, spring color bowls, English daisies, violas, oregano, flat & curly leafed parsley & mint,
Moana Lane Greenhouse: Sweetheart Hoya - Grow Your Love & Meyer lemon trees.



Sweetheart Hoyas are the perfect way to say "I Love You!" Each 'living card' comes equipped with a pencil and instructions/care tag. Write your message on the leaf and the resulting scars create a living card.


Bree's Greenhouse Plant of the Month:
2" Houseplants 

Instead of picking a certain houseplant for the month I am spotlighting plant sizes.  Indoor 2" houseplants like tropicals, succulents, Tillandsia (air plants) and cactus are perfect for creating fairy gardens, terrariums, and hanging wall planters. Keep in mind when creating your planter the sizes of plants as they grow and make sure when you group plants in the same container they have the same light and water requirements.

Home Improvement Specials:
$59 #15 Northern Red Oak (reg. $116).
$15 #5 'Little Princess' Spiraea  
(reg. $29).
Little Princess Spiraea 5gal   

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20 lb. Bird Seed Sale ends February 15th

Deluxe Blend - save $1.50 per bag

Dove & Quail Blend - save $1.50 per bag

Finch Blend - save $3.00 per bag

No Mess DP - save $3.00 per bag

No Mess Plus - save $4.00 per bag

Carmel's February Bird of the Month:

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Scientific name: Setophaga coronata


How to identify: Yellow-rumped Warblers are fairly large, full-bodied warblers with a large head, sturdy bill, and long, narrow tail. In summer, both sexes are a smart gray with flashes of white in the wings and yellow on the face, sides, and rump. Males are very strikingly shaded; females are duller and may show some brown. Winter birds are paler brown, with bright yellow rump and usually some yellow on the sides.  


Habitat: In summer, Yellow-rumped Warblers are birds of open coniferous forests and edges, and to a lesser extent deciduous forests. In fall and winter they move to open woods and shrubby habitats, including coastal vegetation, parks, and residential areas


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

Matt's Shrub of the Month:

'Flame' Amur Maple   


This Water-wise favorite is very tolerant of extreme heat and cold, and is adaptable to many soil types. It is also highly regarded for its fiery red autumn color.

Tree Planting Success - Wheel of Fotune

New for February ... Buy a regular priced #15 or more tree ... Win a Spin ... EVERY Spin A Winner ... Win a tree or what's good for it!

See all our February Valentine Specials here.

Bree's February Gardening Tip:    

Brighten up a dull month with pansies, violas, and primroses -- pansies densely planted make for a truly striking display. If the soil is friable (easy to dig) transplant already budded spring bulbs, pansies and primroses into empty gaps -- a bit of a cheat, but who cares! If the weather continues to be dry, do remember pots and containers will need watering, especially if they are near a wall and in a sheltered position.

Bree's Plant of the Month:  Meyer Lemon

The fresh scent of spring is in the air with a newly budding Meyer lemon tree. Perfect for indoors in the winter months, it is a great way to indulge your senses with sweet smells and tastes of the warmer months to come.

Tired of Empty Containers and Anxiously Awaiting Spring?

Our Seasonal Container Specialist is available to refresh your holiday planters or design a new exterior container arrangement that will give your entrance, patio or landscape creative, maintenance-free interest for the rest of the winter. Please contact our Landscape Design Center at 775-825-0602x134 for a design consultation and pricing.

Have traction issues with our snow and ice? Consider D.G. (decomposed granite) and other sands for unpaved surfaces. We are located right behind the Garden enter on South Virginia St. and are open 7 days a week. Call us at 853-1319 x 3.

Upcoming Events:


Orchid Society of Northern Nevada Annual Orchid Show February 6th - 8th  

plus three "How to" orchid seminars on February 7th and 8th at Moana Lane Garden Center.

Members of the Orchid Society will exhibit some of their rare plants and be available to answer questions about orchids and the orchid society. They will also offer an intriguing selection of orchids for sale.   Show is located inside Moana Lane Garden Center:

                        Friday, Feb. 6: 9 am to 5 pm

                     Saturday, Feb. 7: 9 am to 5 pm

                       Sunday, Feb. 8: 10 am to 2 pm


Upcoming Seminars:


February 7 from 10:00 - 11:00 am:  Orchids 101  

Phalaenopsis - Everything You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask ... conducted in the Landscape & Design Center.   

  OSNN members will present care and culture information on the enchanting, long-flowering, Phalaenopsis. You will learn about their native habitat, extraordinary palette of colors and variations as well as techniques to help your orchid re-bloom year after year. This popular class is for beginners to veteran orchid growers.


February 8 from 12:00 to 1:00 pm: The Art of Repotting Orchids ... conducted inside Moana Lane Garden Center. 

OSNN members will demonstrate the proper way to repot all species of orchids and share tips for successful transplanting. They will suggest the best type of pots, potting medium and fertilizer. They'll also discuss staking and how to identify and control common fungus, mold viruses and pests. You'll learn how to propagate your pseudobulbs, what a Kieki is and how to turn them into new plantlets. If your orchid needs repotting, bring it with you for professional repotting; there is a $5.00 per plant charge for supplies applied.


February 14th: No seminars


February 21 - 10:00 AM: Pruning with a Purpose -- Basic & Advanced Pruning

Plant Doctor & Certified Arborist Jon Bruyn will discuss the fundamentals of pruning including the dos and don'ts and required tools. Techniques and timing for homeowners to use to keep their trees, shrubs and ornamental vines healthy and looking good will also be discussed. In light of our extremely dry weather, proper winter care tips will be addressed. Weather permitting, there will be an outdoor pruning demonstration.


February 28 - 10:00 AM: Houseplant Container Demonstration & Seminar

 . . . conducted inside Moana Land Garden Center

Join Moana's Angie Stephens, Indoor Plant Specialist, for a demonstration of how to design and create fabulous houseplant containers.  She will show you how to combine various plants to create living arrangements -- from succulent dishes to orchid gardens to large containers with foliage plants.  You'll also learn about basic care, pest control and the many benefits of Mother Nature's Natural Air Cleaners. 


Angie's resume includes careers at Steve Wynn's Mirage where she designed and maintained both silk and living plants and at Plantworks in Reno.  She has a wealth of experience and a love of plants that she's eager to share.  This seminar is for houseplant newbies and experts alike.


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

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