The High Desert Gardener
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      Volume 03.15:  March 2, 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

Winter Store Hours thru March 8th. Spring Longer Hours begin Monday, March 9th.    

 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
Butterfly Vases
'Icecap' Rose
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
Monnterey Weed Impede
Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Planting Mix
Bonide MoleMax
Grow More Orchid Food
Gardeneer Harvest Guard

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

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

Although it just rained and snowed, uneven amounts of moisture were received depending on your micro-climate and the plantings in your yard. To be sure your landscape receives adequate moisture, we recommend that you use a soil probe in several parts of your yard to determine the moisture in your soil - especially around your trees. Purchase an InGauge soil moisture tester at Moana Nursery; if you find your soil is dry, then you need to water!


Remember, plants in the ground, especially newly planted (last fall or later) trees, shrubs and perennials, need the equivalent of one inch of precipitation per month. Plants in containers need more since they dry out faster.

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

  • Purchase and plant dormant Star roses with Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Planting Mix now.
  • Need help watering your landscape? We can do it for you, just call 825-0602 x 134 to schedule a Moana Irrigation Specialist to turn on your irrigation system, water for you, then turn it off - instead of dragging out your hoses yourself.
  • Feed lawn with Dr. Earth Lawn Fertilizer. Aerate your lawn, and if necessary, dethatch.
  • Plant fruit trees on a dry day before buds swell with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Planting Mix and Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer; mulch with Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost.
  • Prune fruit and deciduous trees now.
  • If trees have broken bud do not spray now. Wait until after the petals have fallen to spray with Bonide All Seasons Horticultural & Dormant Oil if aphids, scale or mites were a problem in the past. If fungal diseases such as peach leaf curl and powdery mildew have been a problem, wait until petals have fallen to spray with Bonide Copper Fungicide. Use according to label.
  •  Apply pre-emergent weed control to prevent germination of weeds and unwanted plants in your landscape. Moana recommends: Green Light Amaze & Monterey Weed Impede for flower beds and non-planted areas, hillsides, paths, etc. and Bonide Weed Beater Complete for lawns.

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! 
Both your sprinkler & drip system can be improved with an investment in updating & modernization. Directional rotors, correct size emiters, 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

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:

Since 1967!

March Special Rewards Members Only Offer (thru 3/15)
10% off - - *All Bulk Materials from Moana Rock at S. Virginia St. location ... includes bark, rock, soil, sand & more.
*Excludes flagstones only.

Not a Rewards Member?  See 2015 Program here

New Arrivals:
'Charles Joly' lilac

  • Colonade apples, 4 in1 fruit trees, 'Charles Joly' lilac, fiber potted bareroot roses & PJM rhodies.
  • Cold hardy organic veggies: 'Roquette' arugula, 'Shiraz' beets, 'Rainbow' chard & 'Russian Red' kale; strawberries.
  • Hellebores, columbine, coral bells, scabiosa, primula, pansies, violas, stock, daylilies, vinca & dianthus
  • Moana Lane Greenhouse: 'Blue Star' fern.
    Colonade apple
    'Best Kept Secret' rose











More New Arrivals:

  • Add some color and whimsy to your spring decor with our new tricycle planter.  It holds up to three potted plants and will pop with our assortment of colorful spring.
  • Our vibrant butterfly vases are perfect for holding a cut stem or two from your garden or displaying just as they are. Available in three different sizes and shapes.
  • Dewit Hand Tools - available at our Moana Lane Store.
    • High-quality Swedish boron steel - same steel used on a popular brand of bulldozer blades.
    • Forged steel for long-lasting strength and durability.
    • Lifetime Guarantee
  • True Temper Kids tools that really work and will Inspire a new little gardener in your life.












Wild Birds Unlimited New Arrivals:

  • Art deco houses
  • Retro style feeders and houses
  • Eco bamboo birdbaths and houses  

Matt's Tree of the Month: 'Snow Fountains' Weeping Cherry

Small and sturdy, this dramatic weeping tree is the perfect accent for flowerbeds, entryways and large pots. 'Snow Fountains' is covered with snow white flowers in spring, has good golden-orange fall color and is very hardy, easily tolerating temperatures as low as minus twenty degrees.

Bree's Perennial of the Month: 'Lime Rickey' & 'Carnival Fall Festival' Heuchera

Commonly known as coral bells, these plants are used for their colorful foliage in beds and containers from early spring thru the fall. They are great companions to hellebores, pansies, grasses, sedges, primula, violas and more - the possibilities are endless! Just make sure that what you pair them with require the same light and water conditions.


Bree's Houseplant of the Month: Sansevieria, a.k.a. Snake Plant

Popular in office and apartment settings, the yellows and greens of its shooting sword-like foliage deem it a show stopper. Hardy, slow growing and drought tolerant, it is a perfect indoor plant that thrives in a wide range of light levels. The snake plant is a favorite of our Interior Plant Specialist for office plantscapes.


Bree's Gardening Tips for March:

March is a guessing game in the garden. Will it warm up soon? Will it stay warm? Will the rains start/stop? About the only thing we can count on is that March too shall pass. So go ahead and push the envelope, but make sure you have your row covers handy to extend the season. We highly recommend Gardeneer Season Starter and Harvest-Guard.


Start your seeds, sharpen your tools, prune your trees and shrubs according to our timely tips, complete your spring clean-up and amend the soil in your vegetable garden. After that, the most important thing is to have patience. It's tempting to take advantage of warm days, but even in warmer climates, Mother Nature has the last word in the garden.

From the Florist at Moana

Spring flowers have arrived at the Florist at Moana!!!  Send a smile or a bunny hug to brighten someone's day.   Call us at 825-0671 today to place an order!

Indian Magic Crabapple Tree
Water-Wise Home Improvement Specials:
$59 #15 'Indian Magic' Crabapple (reg. $122).
$15 #3 Dwarf Mugo Pine  
(reg. $34).

Carmel's March Bird of the Month:

Spotted Towhee 

Scientific name: Pipilo maculatus


How to identify:  

Spotted Towhee's have a thick, pointed bill, short neck, chunky body, and long, rounded tail. Males have jet-black upperparts and throat while their wings and back are spotted bright white. The flanks are rufous red with a white belly. Females have the same pattern but are warm brown where males are black.



Look for Spotted Towhees in open, shrubby habitat with thick undergrowth. Spotted Towhees are also at home in backyards, forest edges, and overgrown fields.


Where to find one:

Their warm rufous flanks match the dry leaves they spend their time hopping around in. The birds can be hard to see in the leaf litter, so your best chance for an unobstructed look at this bird may be in the spring, when males climb into the shrub tops to sing their buzzy songs.


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

Mulch, Amend, Enhance

All That & Save Water Too!    

3 big cubic feet of our #1 selling product ...


Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost

Reg. $12.99, only $9.99 thru 3/15. 

Great as a needed amendment and water saving mulch; plus, it looks good!

Also in March ...
10% off All Shrubs!

Wild Birds Unlimited Special: Get Ready for Spring Birding!


*25% Savings on wooden bird houses and nesting boxes.

*10% Savings on nesting materials and wreaths.


      *Limited to select store inventory on hand thru 3/15. Bluebird House

Tree Planting Success - Wheel of Fotune

March Tree Special ... 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 Early Spring Planting, Mulching & Amending Specials here.

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.

Interior Plant Services:

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.

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 Seminars:


March 7: Planning & Starting Your Edible Garden

Horticulturist and high desert gardener Lisa Braginton will discuss site selection, seed starting, soil preparation & feeding. You'll learn about varieties of fruits and veggies that grow well in our area, crop rotation, companion planting and other tips that will ensure your success. If you're new to gardening, this class is a must!


March 14: Planning & Caring for your Home Orchard

Certified Arborist and plant doctor Jon Bruyn's seminar will cover fruit trees, small fruits, berries and grapes that do well in northern Nevada.


March 21 Rose Care 101

Join Dianne Stortz-Lintz, Rose Specialist and former City of Reno Horticulturist, to learn when (April) and how to prune your roses; proper techniques will be demonstrated. Dianne will share tips for having spectacular roses even if you've never grown them before. You'll learn about the different varieties of roses and how easy they can be when the right varieties and locations are selected as well as what planting techniques will ensure your success.


March 28: Lean and Green

Is a beautiful, healthy lawn incompatible with responsible water use? NO. We'll talk about the hows and whys in this 2015 must attend seminar.


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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