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The High Desert Gardener
    January 2nd, 2016: Volume 01.16
Without Winter, Spring would be ordinary!
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

Winter Store Hours    

 Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
 Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Sunday  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


At 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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Moana Nursery is on Facebook!  
Click the link and become a fan! 

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 

Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control
Bonide Leaf Shine
Monterey Liqui-Cop

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
Water-Wise 'Autumn Blaze' Maples
Bonide MoleMax
Grow More Orchid Food
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Helpful Links:
Armstrong Red Maple Tree
Moana Nursery is on Facebook!
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Nature News e-Newsletter
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the Wild Birds Unlimited e-Newsletter from Moana Nursery HERE
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Bonide Bon-Neem II
Wilco Squirrel Bait
Fruit Trees
Yard Art can be FUN

Bonide Wilt Stop
Quick Links

Timely, Local High Desert Tips ...
Now is the Time To ...
  • Recycle your Christmas tree at one of Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful locations: Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park & Shadow Mountain Sports Complex in Sparks or Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District fire stations in Cold Springs, Washoe Valley, Spanish Springs, Silver Knolls and Lemmon Valley.   Hours: 9 am - 4:30 pm, December 26 - January 10. A $3 minimum donation is recommended.
  • Continue to supply fresh water in a heated birdbath or add a heater to a frost-proof birdbath to ensure a steady supply of water for birds.
  • Be consistent and keep bird 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, put out large seed cylinders or try to have a neighbor or friend keep the feeders going.
  • Regularly check plants for signs of damage from ice, snow, wind or animals and lack of winter water. If the soil has heaved plants out of the ground, push the soil back over the roots and apply a three inch layer of mulch, leaving a three inch clearing around the base of the plant to prevent rodents like voles from feeding at the base of the plant.
  • Apply Bonide All Seasons Horticultural and Dormant Oil Spray to trees and shrubs to prevent insects. Use according to directions.
  • As we recommended in November, a second application of Bonide Wilt Stop or Cloud Cover to broadleaf evergreens is due now to further protect them from winter desiccation. If you didn't apply in November, go ahead and apply now according to the directions. Do not apply this product to conifers with blue-green needles, such as blue spruce, Vanderwolf pine and Blue Atlas cedar.
  • Remove heavy snow loads from evergreen branches by gently sweeping snow off with a broom. If branches have been anchored to the ground, gently lift them from underneath with a broom. Avoid beating tree branches with any heavy tools. 
  • Allow any ice that accumulates on tree branches to melt. Cracking ice with heavy objects should be avoided.

Moana Nursery Rewards Program Members Only
(January 2nd thru 31st) ... 
  • 15% Savings on Houseplants -- January 2 -15 only.
  • January 10- Houseplant Appreciation Day, rewards members save an additional 15% on every houseplant purchase, including already discounted plants.
  • 15% Savings on Pottery - January 16 - 31 only.
Limited to full-priced stock on hand. Offers expire as noted.

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 by January 18th. Remember the amount of your reward is based on retail and landscape purchases from July 1 thru December 30, 2015, with a minimum purchase of $100 to earn a Rewards Certificate.
To view the 2015 brochure and read about eligibility, please click here.

From the Florist at Moana - Weddings are our Business!
Let us help you make your dreams come true. Call us today to schedule your complimentary wedding consultation ... 775-825-0671.

New Arrivals:

From Hart Seed Co., the oldest seed company in the country that is still owned and operated by the same family that founded it in 1892.  
  • Heritage Varieties - heirloom vegetables & flowers with authentic reproductions of turn-of-the-century packets, circa 1902.
  • Seed Organics -- a splendid mix of vegetables and herbs that are certified organic, GMO & GE free.


New Houseplants also just arrived. 


Bree's Plant of the Month:   
African Violet 
This year round blooming plant offers cheery color during our cold, dreary, January weather. Easy to grow, they come in a wide variety of colors. Pamper your violet with a self-watering pot, Uni-Grow Premium Organic African Violet Potting Soil and Optimara Violet Food. 

Matt's High Desert Tree of the Month:
'Snowdrift' Crabapple
This is one of the best small trees for Nevada landscapes. It bears a profusion of fragrant pure white blossoms in spring which are followed by highly decorative orange-red fruits much loved by birds. 'Snowdrift' is water-wise, cold-hardy and very easy to grow.

Carmel's January High Desert Bird of the Month:  
Mountain Bluebird
Scientific name:
Sialia currucoides
How to identify: Mountain Bluebirds are fairly small thrushes with round heads and straight, thin bills. Compared with other bluebirds they are lanky and long-winged, with a long tail.
Habitat: Dry, mountainous forests of the West.
Male Mountain Bluebirds are sky-blue, a bit darker on wings and tail and a bit paler below, with white under the tail. Females are mostly gray-brown with tinges of pale blue in the wings and tail. They occasionally show a suffusion of orange-brown on the chest. Mountain Bluebirds' bills are entirely black. Juveniles have fewer spots than the young of other bluebirds.
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 Featured Products of the Month: Heated Free-standing and Deck-mounted Birdbaths& No Mess Plus Seed Blend
  • A heated birdbath is the perfect addition to a backyard bird habitat; it will provide water necessary for birds' survival & your enjoyment through winter months and seasons to come!  
  • Our Wild Birds Unlimited No Mess Plus seed blend features medium sunflower chips, shelled peanuts, chopped tree nuts, suet nuggets, cherries, cranberries and calcium carbonate creating a 100% edible blend to meet your birds' needs with seeds, fats and fruits.

There is no waste with this bird seed!

Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day -    Sunday, January 10th
         A reminder to give your houseplants a little attention.  
Don't have a houseplant in your home or office? Then you're missing out on all these proven health benefits:
  • Make you healthier: reduce headaches, sore throats, coughs, mold & bacteria counts by 50-60%
  • Remove harmful VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) released by printer toner, carpets and cleaning products
  • Lower blood pressure & stress
  • Improve concentration levels & memory retention
  • Can make us 15% more productive
Visit us today to see our great variety of houseplants. We'll help you select the one best for your home or office environment and equip you with all you the tips you'll need to keep it healthy. If you're a Moana Rewards Member, you'll save 15% on each houseplant you purchase from January 2 - 15th.Save more if you shop on the 10th, 

Ways to Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day
  • Treat yourself to a new houseplant (or two).
  • Learn more about the benefits of houseplants to your health.
  • Stand by your houseplant and breathe in the air; it's giving off oxygen... just for you!
  • 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.
  • Most of all, have fun enjoying a long winter day spending quality time with your houseplants!
Tell us how you celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day on Twitter at or Facebook at,

Karma's Featured Product of the Month: Monterey Liqui-Cop®

For known cases of disease on fruit trees, apply Liqui-Cop® now and again just before bud break. Liqui-Cop® will not wash off in the rain.  Monterey Liqui-Cop is the only copper treatment you can mix with oil to kill wintering insects and treat for disease in one application. 

See all the January New Year Specials Here, including 50% off all Christmas, Fall & Holiday Decor and Ornaments - - Sale ends Jan. 15th.  

Bree's January Planting Tips: 
  • It's not too early to begin to think of a strategy for new spring plantings. Create a small map of your garden and use it as a guide for bulbs and seeds. If the ground is workable at all (not frozen and not too wet), now is an excellent time to turn the soil. Not only will this expose insect eggs to cold winter temps and hungry birds, the freezing will help break apart heavy clods of dirt.
  • Don't forget about caring for your houseplants! Dust on the foliage can clog the leaf pores, so clean them up a little with Bonide Leaf Shine, a damp cloth, or a quick shower under the tap. Always use room temperature water when watering or misting your house plants.
  • During winter most houseplants require less water and much less, if any, fertilizer, because they slow their growth during their semi-dormant winter period. Violets and orchids are the exceptions.
  • Inspect houseplants for insect problems that often occur when plants become stressed due to insufficient light, overheated rooms or improper watering and fertilizing techniques. Isolate new houseplants or gift plants before adding to your existing plants. Pests to look for include spider mites, scale, mealybugs, whitefly and fungus gnats. Moana recommends Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control, Neem Oil or Insecticidal Soap;use according to their labels.

Upcoming Events:
Orchid Society of Northern Nevada Annual Orchid Show February 5 - 7th at Moana Lane Garden Center.    
How to Orchid Seminars on Feb. 6.
Friday, Feb. 5: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday, Feb. 6: 9 am - 5 pm
Sunday, Feb. 7: 10 am - 2 pm
Upcoming Seminars:
January 16: 9 - How to Identify and Attract Neighborhood Birds
Join local Audubon Society member and birding expert Alan Gubanich and Moana Nursery's Wild Birds Unlimited Manager Carmel Hilton for a mini course in identification of the birds now visiting your neighborhood and the best ways to attract them to your yard.
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. 
or call (775) 825-0600 for more information.
Our seminar schedule is being developed as we write this newsletter. Check our website in a week or so for an updated schedule for the rest of January and February, 2016   

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.

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