The High Desert Gardener
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      Volume 06.15:  June 1, 2015
                    Weed it and Reap!
Dawn Donovan 
      Better Plants. Better Advice. Better Results.. 

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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.-Friday:  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 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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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
'Black Prince' Echeveria

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
Monterey Weed Impede
Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Planting Mix
Bonide MoleMax
Grow More Orchid Food
Gardeneer Harvest Guard

Helpful Links:
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Wilco Squirrel Bait

AceCap Insect Tree Implants

Bonide Rose Rx Drench

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Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Planting Mix

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

Gardeneer Season Starter
Timely, Local High Desert Tips ...
Now is the Time To ... Ladybug

Aphids continue to reproduce, especially after recent rains stimulated new plant growth. To control, start with Lady Bugs (they eat aphids) and a hose (spray off aphids). If infestation is great, use Bon Neem II, Bonide Rose Rx, Bonide Tomato & Vegetable Spray, or Dr. Earth Insect Sprays. Bonide Systemic Insecticide Granules can also be used on all ornamentals.

  • Use Dr. Earth Rhododendron, Azaela & Camellia Fertilizer to help green up conifers that are looking chlorotic (yellow).
  • Mulch all garden beds and vegetables with Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost/Conditioner after thoroughly weeding and watering. 3 inches of compost will reduce your water requirements by up to 30%.
  • Mulch vegetables with Gardener & Bloome Soil Building Compost to retain moisture.
  • Fertilize vegetables with Dr. Earth Organic Fertilizers
  • Fertilize annuals in containers, baskets & window boxes every 3-4 weeks with Dr. Earth Bud & Bloom or Dr. Earth Golden Bloom. Always water plants before adding fertilizer.
  • Stake or cage tomatoes as they begin to grow.
  • If your tomatoes are exposed to wind, apply Bonide Tomato & Blossom Set.
  • Protect tomatoes from blossom end rot as soon as fruit sets with Bonide Rot Stop.

May Special Rewards Members Only Offer
(thru 6/15):

15% Savings
on ALL Herbs & Veggies
Full priced & in-stock

veggie plant

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New Arrivals:
Ultra-dwarf Fruit Trees
  • Ultra-dwarf Fruit trees, Cold-hardy Bamboo, Grapes, 'Cool Splash' Bush Honeysuckle, Rose of Sharon Patio Trees, Seven-Son Flower Tree.  
  • Perennials: 'Mariposa' Violet Scabiosa, 'Peaches n' Cream' Hollyhock, 'Summer Skies' Delphinium, 'Balsomed' Sombrero Salsa Red Echinacea, 'Whirling Butterflies' Gaura, 'Chocolate Orange' Rudbeckia. 
  • Annuals: 'Summit" Hanging Baskets, 'Chocolate Covered Cherry' Coleus, 'Henna' Coleus, Lilac & Red Sunpatiens, Orange California Poppies, Snapdragons.
  • Veggies: 'Hearts of Gold' Melon, 'Sunny Delight' Squash, 'Imperial Black Beauty" Eggplant, 'Apple Green' Eggplant, Italian Bush Bean, Blue Lake Bush Bean, Lima Bean.
  • Moana Lane Greenhouse: soft succulents (not winter hardy) - 'Black Prince' Echeveria, 'Lemon Ball' Sedum, Pentandrum graptopetalum, 'Springtime' Crassula.
Cold-hardy Bamboo
'Henna' Coleus


Lilac Sunpatiens








'Lemon Ball' Sedum


Orange California Poppies

Seven-Son Flower Tree

'Cool Splash' Bush Honeysuckle







Statuary for Every Garden  


Accessorize your landscape or front porch with a charming garden statue.  Our selection includes, animals, angels, St. Francis, urns, pedestals, and many more.  Statues, large and small, add beauty and interest to any garden. All can be left outdoors year round.



From the Florist at Moana:
Brighten a special someone's day with these fun novelty containers filled with fresh flowers. Just give the Florist at Moana a call at 825-0671 or online at and we will deliver your flowers with a smile!!!  


Matt's Shrub of the Month: Red Drift Roses 


This easy-to-grow groundcover shrub is hard to beat for summer long flower power and hardiness. Plant it in full sun with other flowering plants, draped over a wall or anywhere you want non-stop color. Red Drift is water-wise when established and requires very little maintenance.



Bree's Perennial of the Month: Gaura 


A true rival of the ever popular coneflower, Gaura is a low maintenance perennial that won't stop blooming in triple digit temperatures. With wispy wands covered in white or light pink, four petal blooms, Gaura is a perfect perennial for the high desert. Also known as bee blossom or wandflower it is very attractive to bees.

Karma's Products for Veggies & Melons: 

  • Bonide Rot-Stop Tomato Blossom End Rot
    Corrects calcium deficiency to control blossom end rot on tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and peppers. Apply to developing fruit and foliage after periods of heavy rain or rapid growth.
  • Bonide Tomato & Blossom Set Spray
    Makes blossoms set fruit despite poor weather. Nearly every blossom will produce larger, meatier, almost seedless tomatoes, ripening up to 3 weeks earlier. Also for use on other vegetables. Contains natural plant growth hormone Kinetin.



Bree's June Gardening Tip:


Is your garden craving some extra color? Consider "color spots" for instant color; these are summer flowering annuals grown in larger containers (4" and up), already in full bloom, thus the instant color. (Refer to "new annual arrivals" above for ideas.) Prior to planting, amend the soil and water the new plants before removing from the container. Plant these annuals with Dr. Earth Starter Fertilizer at the recommended spacing on the labels and water again. INSTANT COLOR!


June is an excellent month to add a few new perennials to your garden. Now is the time to divide spring flowering perennials like, primrose, arabis, and aubrietia. Pinch back annuals, including fuchsias, geraniums, cosmos and any other plant that is starting to get leggy. It is also time to plant warm weather veggies like corn, beans, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, squash, pumpkin and others.

Red Salsa Echinacea
'Black Beauty' Eggplant 

Carmel's Hummingbird & Oriole Feeders 

Hummingbirds and orioles have arrived in Reno/Sparks!  Come check out our great selection of specialized feeders for these awesome birds.

Water-Wise Home Improvement Specials:
$67  #15  White Oak (reg.$116).
$17  #5  'Little Princess' Spiraea  (reg. $29). 

Little Princess Spiraea 5gal   

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June 1 to 15 - - Wild Birds Unlimited Seed Sale:  


Deluxe 20#              $21.49 sale    (reg. $23.99)

Dove & Quail 20#    $17.99 sale    (reg.$19.99)

No Mess DP 20#     $35.99 sale    (reg. $39.99)

Carmel's June Bird of the Month:

Bullock's Oriole    


How to identify: 

Male Bullock's Orioles have a black crown and back, a black eyeline and chin.  The remainder of the male's body is orange-yellow to yellow.  Their wings are black, edged in white with a large white patch.  In contrast, the female and immature are mostly grayish brown to yellow.  The female may also show some black on the throat and has pale white wingbars.


Habitat:  Preferred habitat for the oriole is riparian (along rivers, streams, lakes) where there is likely to be cottonwood and willow.  They can also be found in urban parks, especially near water or in suburban neighborhoods that have cottonwood trees. 


How to attract one to your yard:  The diet for both adults and young is almost exclusively insects.  However, the adults will come to a nectar feeder, using the same solution as for hummingbirds.  Feeders designed specifically for orioles often include a shallow dish for grape jelly and a place to attach orange halves.  Oriole feeders, nectar and nesting material balls can be purchased at Moana Nursery. 

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

Red Hot Deal from Scotts ...



Scotts Earthgro Topsoil  

Reg. $4.99, only $2.49 thru 6/15 - - 1 cu. ft. bag. Limited to stock on hand.

Also in June ..
20% off All Green Year-Round Evergreen Trees!
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June Spring Savings ... 
see it all here.

Frost Proof Black Clay & Glazed Pottery in stock.
Pottery Galore!

Bulk Material Installation & Spreading  


Need rock for your landscape project? We can deliver and spread!   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.

Interior Plant Services

Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects


Sierra Nevada Properties

The installation includes both indoors and out utilizing artificial and live plants.   The reception area has an artificial orchid garden and four artificial succulent gardens. Live plants are used elsewhere in the office and custom containers outside feature seasonal color.

We provide three interior plant service programs - - you can buy, rent or lease. For a free consultation with Vicky Ross, interior plant design & maintenance manager, call 825-0602 x 134.


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.

Special Event:

June 13: Moana Nursery's Biggest Little Flower Show

                            Sponsored by Reno Rose Society

                       Open to all, including Moana teammates

Show off your favorite blooms and stems! And perhaps win a Moana Nursery $25 gift card. Just walk through your garden to find a few lovely specimens.   Make a clean cut (leaving a long stem), place immediately in water and bring to Moana Lane location between 7:30 - 9:00 AM to enter. Reno Rose Society members will be on hand to assist you with displaying your entries.


                           Click here for more detailed information


8:00 - 9:15 AM - entries received and completed

9:30 AM - 11:00 - judging

11:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Show hours; entries to be picked up after 4:00  PM


Upcoming Seminars:


Moana Nursery's Do-It-Yourself Landscape Design Series


June 6: Right Plant, Right Place 

Searching for the right plants & trees for your yard?  Join Certified Arborist and Moana Plant Doctor, Jon Bruyn to learn how to select plants by size, shape, environment and particular attributes. Proper planting and care will also be addressed.


June 13: Color in the Garden

Why we love color in the garden, and tips and techniques on how to enjoy color throughout the season -- and even the year.   Horticulturist and Moana Nursery Plant Doctor Lisa Braginton will host this seminar for novices and experienced gardeners alike.


June 20: High Desert Water-wise Garden Design 

To be water-wise in the high desert does not mean your yard is restricted to rock and a limited, boring plant palette.  Join Certified Arborist, Moana Plant Doctor and high desert gardener Steve Packer to learn about the many perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs that are water-wise once established and that one of the biggest water wasters in landscape is a poorly designed and maintained irrigation system.  You'll leave armed with inspiration and information to have a beautiful landscape which is also water-thrifty.


June 24: What Are Flower Shows All About?   Starts at 6 PM

     Hosted by Reno Rose Society & open to the public.

A flower show is a competitive exhibition of floral designs and horticulture and often include educational exhibits; they help spread the word about the joys of gardening. The basic components of a flower show are a location, date, a chairman of the show, and a schedule stating the types of exhibits, staging for the exhibits and judges.

Accredited judges go through the horticulture, arrangements and photographs. One of the blue ribbon winners will receive "Best in Show." IF you want others to see your garden flowers, consider entering your flowers in one of the upcoming flower shows.

  • Moana Nursery's "Biggest Little Flower Show" June 13, 2015
  • Reno's 2015 Annual Rose & Flower Show "Fantasies in Roses" July 11, 20
All seminars are free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane in our Landscape and Design Center. Seminars begin at 10:00 AM and last one hour unless otherwise stated. Seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit or call (775) 825-0600 for more information.

Easiest Way To Conserve Water: 
  • Conservation is a fact of life in the high desert.
  • Landscape irrigation is the #1 water usage in the Truckee Meadows.
  • Irrigation systems in our area average less than 60% efficiency. Most need help and updating.
  • Fix that ... and you easily meet your conservation goals and more ... lower water bills, healthier plants & minimum water waste! 
  • Add water holding organic material to your soil - - amend or mulch - - and conserve even more!
Both your sprinkler & drip system can be improved with an investment in updating & modernization. Directional rotors, correct size emitters, drip line placement adjustments, controller management and much more are available. Regular repair, turn on/off and servicing are available too.

Irrigation It's time to get serious about water conservation and we can help. The first important step is to make your system an efficient water distributor! Call us to schedule an appointment: (775) 825-0602 ext.134.

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It's going to be hard to live with all our new "movie stars."

Local Businesses Supporting OUR Community! 

Moana Nursery proudly donates to many Local, Important Non-Profits and plans to do the same in 2015.

If you'd like to see the full list, they are posted at our garden centers and you can view the 2014 group here:

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