The High Desert Gardener
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      Volume 01.15:  January 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:
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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
Bonide MoleMax
Grow More Orchid Food
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Helpful Links:
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the Wild Birds Unlimited e-Newsletter from Moana Nursery HERE
Dr. Earth Hose Ready Liquid Organic Fertilizers
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HydroFarm Light, Moisture & pH Meter
Bonide Bon-Neem II
Wilco Squirrel Bait
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Store hours have changed with shorter days and time change. See the menu on the left for the exact hours of your preferred location or see the changed hours on our website. Here is a quick look at all our January specials with more detail below. 
Moana Nursery Rewards Members Only Special

15% Savings on one full-priced Gift Item
Limited to stock on hand through January 15th. Excludes discounted gift items. 


50% Savings on Christmas Décor and Ornaments ... Extended thru January 15th. Excludes bird & discounted items. 

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

We've been fortunate to start our winter with good precipitation, but keep your hoses at the ready. Remember 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. If more natural precipitation does not arrive, this will be necessary throughout the winter. Visit this helpful link on high desert winter watering  to read our fact sheet titled IF-13 Winter Watering. 

  • Recycle your Christmas tree at one of these three locations: Rancho San Rafael Park, Bartley Ranch Park or the Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks. Hours are 9:00 am - 4:30 pm thru January 11th. A $3 minimum donation is recommended.
  • Continue to supply fresh water in a heated bird bath or add a heater to a frost-proof bird bath to ensure a steady supply of water for birds.
  • Be consistent and keep feeders full through the winter. Birds grow accustomed to your feeders especially in severe weather when the snacks you offer may mean their very survival.  If you leave home for an extended period, try to have a neighbor or friend keep the feeders going.
  • Mulch perennial beds and roses with 2-4 inches of Gardner & Bloom Soil Building Compost now that the ground is frozen.
  • Apply Bonide's All Seasons Horticultural and Dormant Oil to trees and shrubs to prevent insects. Use according to label.
  • Start seeds for early spring annuals requiring a long lead time before being sete out in the garden. Check out our incredible selection of Botanical Interest seeds.
  • Feed orchids with Grow More Orchid Food monthly all year long (or weekly with a weakly solution).

From the Florist at Moana

Send a bouquet of fresh flowers in crisp winter whites and frosty blue tones today to warm up someone's heart. To place an order with one of our talented designers, call us today - 825-0671. Or stop in to select from our lovely creations.

Attention Moana Nursery Rewards Members:

Rewards Certificates will be mailed out late next week. Please contact us if you think you earned one and don't receive one. Remember that the amount of your reward is based on retail and landscape purchases from July 1 thru December 30, 2014, with a minimum purchase of $100 to earn a Rewards Certificate.


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

New Arrivals:
  • Moana Lane Greenhouse: Colorful Kalanchoe and 'Dreaming Emerald' Lady Slipper Orchids.
  • Art Hearts offer a unique way to express your love and appreciation for someone special.  Each heart is designed & signed by a different artist. Hang as an ornament or display with the companion key that acts as an easel.  A great gift for Valentine's Day or any occasion.
  • Great selection of Glass Terrariums arrives mid-month. Terrariums are a great way to add indoor greenery to your home or office space and boost oxygen.  Generally, open-air containers work best for succulents and sun loving plants while lidded containers work best for humidity loving plants like ferns, orchids, violets & moss.

Bree's Greenhouse Plant of the Month: English Ivy 
This classic houseplant is one of my favorite indoor/outdoor perennials. With it long trailing vines and ruffling leaves it's easy to see why English ivy is a perfect accent to any décor. Not only is it an elegant houseplant and easy to care for, but research shows it is an inexpensive way to clean the indoor air of mold spores. Next time your allergies are bothering you, consider placing an English ivy or two in your home or office.

Houseplant Appreciation Day - January 10th

Celebrate by taking a stroll through our Moana Lane Greenhouse to commune with our houseplants and by getting your hands dirty with some of these simple activities.

  • Ensure the houseplants you already have are well-watered and have no bug infestations. Give them a special treat today...a good washing. Gently wipe the leaves clean with a soft sponge or cloth dipped plain water.
  • If you do not have any houseplants, or just have a couple, buy a new houseplant or two this day.
  • Learn more about the benefits of houseplants to your health.
  • Stand by your houseplant and breathe in the air! It's giving off oxygen.
  • Teach your kids about growing and caring for plants.
  • Give a houseplant to a friend.
  • Talk to your plants. Yes, people believe plants respond positively, when you talk to them.
Tell us how you celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day on Twitter, and Facebook,

January Bird Of the Month: White-crowned & Golden-crowned Sparrows


How to identify: White-crowns are a large sparrow with a long tail.  They are easy to identify with the crisp black and white crown stripes of the adults and their pink or yellow bill.  First winter (immature) birds sport buff and brown head stripes.  White-crowned males are one of the few birds you will hear singing in the winter; their song is described as a series of clear whistles followed by buzzy notes.  Female birds will sometimes sing, also.

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Another winter resident is the Golden-crowned Sparrow.  In summer Golden-crowns have a black crown with a fiery gold forehead.  In winter, when we are more likely to see them, their colors are more muted with a brown head and paler yellow on the crown. 


Habitat: Both sparrows are most visible during migration and winter when they frequent forest edge, shrubs, chaparral, and backyards of the West Coast. They nest much farther north, in low, shrubby areas of tundra or at the edges of boreal forests.


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 Tree of the Month: scarlet oak

Scarlet Oak  



This classic, big shade tree is long-lived, low maintenance and water-wise when established. Widely considered one of the best of all trees for its autumn color display of deep, brilliant shades of red.

January Home Improvement Specials

#3 'Rose Glow' Barberry (reg. $26)

#15 'Greenspire' Linden (reg. $112)

Bree's January Planting Tip:    

Now is the time to start preparing for your garden by purchasing seeds and planning your garden plot. One job in January that is crucial to your garden's productivity is soil preparation. If the soil has thawed in your area, it's a good time to turn it. This will break up frozen layers and expose insect eggs and larvae for the birds to take care of. If the soil freezes again, it will kill any exposed pests. Dr Earth Starter Fertilizer


Rewards Members Only: Ask for a free sample of Dr. Earth Starter Fertilizer for successful seed starting during the month of January.

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.

   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:


January 31: Edible Landscapes - Have a Beautiful Landscape and Eat It, too!

1:00 PM Edible Landscapes Seminar - Free

2:00 PM Crystalizing Flowers Workshop - $5 fee & advanced sign-up


Join Dianne Stortz-Lintz, retired City of Reno Horticulturist and avid high desert gardener, helps us learn how to use our existing landscape for food and add more edible, traditional ornamentals. Dianne will identify the wide palette of plants that can be consumed.


Following this free seminar, she will offer a class in crystalizing flowers. Advance sign-up and payment of a $5 material fee are required by January 22. Workshop is limited to 10. Reservations are taken Moana Lane store in person or by calling 825-0600. There will be no refunds for no-shows. Auditing workshop is free.

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

Yes, you can grow orchids in Northern Nevada! Sean Abbott, PhD, OSNN member and former president, will show you how easy it is to have gorgeous blooming orchids. With a few simple tips, you will be able to grow orchids that bloom for months!. The hardest thing about orchids is choosing a color! You don't want to miss this always popular seminar.


February 7 & 8 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm: The Art of Repotting Orchids

Joanne Gerow, American Orchid Society (AOS) representative, AOS student judge and OSNN member will demonstrate the proper way to repot orchids and share tips for successful transplanting. Bring your orchid for professional repotting, a $5.00 per plant charge for supplies applies.


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

Winter Plan & Plant
(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.

Looking for ways to reduce your water usage by 10% or more next spring?

Call 825-0602 x 134 to ask how we can tune up your irrigation system, or for more savings, ask about our Easy Turf ... truly superior artificial grass - - no watering. 


Water Saving Lawn Hint ... Keep your grass longer this fall and "step on it" to see if it springs back.  If it does, you don't need more water. 

Interior Plant Services - Resort at Squaw Creek


Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects by Vicky Ross


Custom centerpiece with a mix of live and artificial plants designed for low light and minimal maintenance.


Call (775) 825-0602 ext.134 for more information.

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