The High Desert Gardener

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      Volume 07.14
                            July 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
'Autumn Blaze' Maple
'Shenandoah' Switch Grass

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 Eight Yard & Garden
Bonide Eight Insect Control
Uni Gro Peat Moss Bonide Rose Rx Systemic Drench
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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Armstrong Red Maple Tree
Nature News e-Newsletter
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the Wild Birds Unlimited e-Newsletter from Moana Nursery HERE

Dr. Earth Hose Ready Liquid Organic Fertilizers
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew
Captain Jack's DeadBug Brew

Dramm Hoses - guarnateed
Dr. Earth Life Fertilizer (new image)
Tanglefoot Codling Moth Traps

Bonide Bug & Slug Killer

HydroFarm Light, Moisture & pH Meter
Bonide Bon-Neem II
Wilco Squirrel Bait
Fruit Trees On Sale

Quick Links
Attention Moana Nursery Rewards Program Members ...

Rewards Certificates will be mailed next week!  Please contact us if you think you earned one and don't receive it. Remember that the amount of your reward is based on your retail and landscape purchases from January 1 to June 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.

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

Pest Alert

Squash bugs are starting to appear on squash, cucumbers, melons & pumpkins. Use Bonide Eight (also controls ants, cicadas, scale, earwigs & mealybugs) or Bon Neem II to control these destructive pests.

  • Codling moths will have their second hatching soon. Use Tanglefoot Codling Moth Traps to monitor when it occurs. Then apply Captain Jack's Deadbug Brew, according to the label, to protect your apple crop form their hungry larvae.
  • If you have not already, mulch your flower and vegetable beds immediately after weeding with 3 inches of Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost to reduce water requirements up to 30%, retain moisture and keep weeds under control.
  • Fertilize container plants with Dr. Earth Bud & Bloom Booster, granular or liquid, every three weeks or Dr. Earth Golden Bloom liquid every two weeks; avoid applying in the heat of the day. Always water plants before adding liquid fertilizer.
  • With summer heat here to stay for a while, proper watering is crucial. Click here for How to Water Wisely for Healthy Plants.

The Florist at Moana Nursery

July ... Celebrate 4th of July with beautiful blooms!  Order your Red, White and Blue arrangement today! 825-0671.



New Arrivals:
'Becky' Shasta Daisy

  • 'Shenandoah' Switch Grass, 'Strawberry Sundae' Hydrangea, 'Moonglow' Juniper, 'Autumn Blaze' Maple, 'Oregon Green' Austrian Pine.
  • Becky' & 'LaCrosse' Shasta Daisy, 'Kudos Ambrosia' Agastache, 'Janice Brown' Daylily, 'Chocolate Drop' Sedum, Missouri Primrose.
  • Moana Lane Greenhouse: Variegated Schefflera Arboricola & 'Green Apple' Neoregelia.
    'Janice Brown' Daylily
    'Chocolate Drop' Sedum










'Strawberry Sundae' Hydrangea
'Moonglow' Juniper
'Kudos Ambrosia' Agastache
'Green Apple' Neoregelia
Veriegated Schefflera
'Oregon Green' Austrian Pine

SAVE 20% ...
See these three helpful links too:
High Desert Water-Wise Trees & Plants List
Purple Fountain Grass
(reg. $12.99)  1 gal.

This plant will flourish through fall, adding color, movement & texture to your garden landscape.
Limit 3, while supplies last. Red Fountain Grass








Home Improvement Specials

#5 Dwarf Arctic Willow (reg. $29) $15.

#15 'Prairiefire' Crabapple (reg. $122) ... now $59.
Dwarf Arctic Willow

20 lb. bag Wild Birds Unlimited Seed Sale

     Dove & Quail Blend $16.99
     Deluxe Blend $19.99
     No Mess Blend $32.49
     Finch Blend $31.49
10% discount on 10 or Suet Cakes.
Save on Made-in-the-USA tools ... celebrate the 4th!
  • Save 20% on all Bully Tools
  • Flexrake Combo Save $13.01  










See all our July specials and details here.  

Melody's New Garden Art Finds




Our striking "faces" are a wonderful addition to any garden, patio or sunroom. Use your imagination!


Everything about these frogs will delight you, from their happy personas to their whimsical accessories. Made of a cement composite they can be placed indoors or outside under a covered porch.  Book club frogs know that all great novels are enhanced with a drink, be it a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Stargazing frogs search the starry night sky for a constellation or a dazzling comet. Artist frog shares Monet's passion for painting water lilies.




Gail's Plant of the Month:   Coleus

This annual comes in endless colors and leaf shapes for your shade bed or container. Plant with creeping jenny, hosta, ivy, sweet potato vine and begonias.




Matt's Tree of the Month:

'Crimson Sentry' Maple


This compact and dense tree is ideal for narrow streets and small yards. New spring foliage emerges bright red before expanding to classic large maple leaves that cast very deep shade. Hardy and trouble free.

New Arrivals for Wild Birds Unlimited ...


  • Heavy Duty Birch Log Seed Feeders.  
  • Sunflower and Cattail Feeder Stakes.  
  • Antique Glass Humming Bird Feeders.   
  • Combination Nyjer and Mixed Seed Feeders.            

 Classic Skin Care Solutions for Sunny Northern Nevada & Lake Tahoe  

By Bree Lake

      skin care

July is when most people are outdoors and basking in the hot sun. Though most of us use SPF, many of us inevitably get sunburned and/or battle dry skin. So consider treating your sunburn and dry skin naturally with plants from your garden.   Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Rose Petals, Clary Sage, dried Calendula petals and Lavender. Some of these skin care solutions can be used straight from the plant while others can easily be made into a cold water infused facial wash, spray, toner, cream or oil.

At Moana safety is our #1 concern. Please consult your physician or dermatologist prior to using any home remedy.

Gail's Gardening Tip: Keep Planting Something

"Successive gardening" is a little tricky. The goal is to get as much product as possible from your garden or container by keeping your space full. Learning to harvest and replant the area quickly is key.  Keep your seed packets handy and do repeat planting of carrots, lettuce, radishes, herbs, kale, beans and any of your favorites as soon as space opens up.


Always amend your soil with compost (Gardner & Bloome or Dr. Earth) before planting a new crop. Purchase vegetable starts to help increase vegetable production. Plant a square foot of lettuce starts, next to a square foot of lettuce seeds to create a successive crop for you to enjoy. This crop and others can be stretched even farther if you do more than one cutting. Gardening is a lesson of trial and error but the taste, nutritional value and satisfaction of growing your own food is well worth it. 

July's High Desert Bird of the Month:  

Black-chinned Hummingbird  

The Black-chinned Hummingbird is named for the dark chin and throat of the male.  When the light hits just right, the male shows a band of iridescent purple below the chin.  Black-chinned is usually the only hummingbird to nest in our area, with the exception of Calliope hummingbird in nearby mountains.

As with many hummingbird species, the female Black-chinned is dull metallic green on the back and flanks and grayish-white below.  It is really difficult to pin down a female identification to a particular species, as most female hummingbirds look very similar.

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

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.
  • Convenient planting - - drop off your pot(s) and we'll do the rest. Drop off and pick up at the Potting Shed, located across the parking lot from the Landscape Design Center. Current hours are:

    Saturday and Sunday: 10 AM - 2 PM

    Monday thru Friday:      9 AM - 5 PM 




Bulk Material Installation & Spreading  


Need rock for your landscape project? We can deliver and spread! And check out our flagstone, Sunset Gold and Mesquite Charcoal, both in the ¾-1 ¼ 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.

Upcoming Seminars and Events:


Seminars Resume after Labor Day



July 12: Reno Rose Society Hosts Westward Roses, A Visual Floral Experience. This Artown event is from 11 AM to 5:00 PM at McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr., Reno.


Reno Rose Society presents its 2014 Westward Roses, A Visual Floral Experience, Saturday, July 12 in conjunction with Artown and Nevada 150 event.

The Reno Rose Society cordially welcomes you to its 2014 Annual Rose Show. Free Admission, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.


Compete for great prizes by bringing your cut flowers, arrangements and photographs to the show site from 7 AM to 9 AM (photographs) and 10 AM (cut flowers and arrangements).


For complete rules, visit here.


Entry Drop Off :  7 - 9 AM for photography

                           8 -- 10 AM for arrangements & cut flowers

Judging:  10 - 11 AM

Open to Public:  11 AM - 5 PM

Arrangement Demo:  1 - 3 PM


Contact Rebecca Shaw at 775-971-0777 with questions.


July 26 & 27: Iris Sale sponsored by the High Desert Iris Society

You'll find a great selection of unique iris to purchase along with expert advice and tips from HDIS members. All proceeds benefit the High Desert Iris Society. Sale will be inside Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane, during store hours.

Moana Nursery is the only installer of superior, draining EasyTurf from FieldTurf ... call us and learn more ... 775-825-0602 ext. 134.

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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