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The High Desert Gardener
        March 1, 2016: Volume 03.16
Weed it and Reap!
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 
(Spring Longer Hours begin March 14th)
 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!  
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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 

G&B Organics Starter Fertilizer
Dalen's Rotating Head Owl Scarecrow
Monterey Liqui-Cop
Scotts Green Light Amaze Weed Preventer

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
Grow More Orchid Food
Lawn Coring Aerator, Yard Butler-Lewis  Lifetime Tools
Jose heads up our planting team.
Bonide MoleMax
Dalen Harvest Guard
G&B Organics Harvest Supreme Soil Amendment

Helpful Links:
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Lisa, Plant Doctor, Arborist, Flower Lover.

Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
Bonide Rooting Powder

G&B Organics Rose & Flower Planting Mix

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Green Goods manager _ tree lover_ Matt.

Bonide Weed Beater Complete
Seed Starting Greenhouse, HC Companies-Planters Pride
Bonide Liquid Plant Food
Yard Art can be FUN

Evan ... Store Manager Moana Lane

Plantable Pots, HC Companies-Planters Pride
G&B Organics Citrus & Fruit  Tree Fertilizer
Quick Links
Timely, Local High Desert Tips ...
Now is the Time To ...

Mother Nature didn't give us much moisture this past month!
Although we may have some precipitation, soil moisture will be uneven depending on your micro-climate and the plantings in your yard. To be sure your landscape receives adequate water, we recommend that you use a soil probe in several parts of your landscape - especially around your trees -- to determine the moisture in your soil.
Remember -- plants in the ground, especially newly planted (last fall and 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.
Now is the time for pruning fruit & deciduous trees. Spray with dormant oil to reduce codling moth and aphid populations and a fungicide if diseases such as scab and powdery mildew were a problem last year. See below for more information.
  • Plant fruit trees - pear, apple, peach, cherry, apricot, nectarine & plum -- on a dry day before buds swell with G&B Organics Planting Mix and G&B Organics Citrus & Fruit Tree Fertilizer; mulch with G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner.
  • Feed lawn with G&B Organics Lawn Fertilizer. Aerate your lawn, and if necessary, dethatch.
  • Prevent and kill any existing crabgrass with Bonide Weed Beater Complete --a pre & post-emergent.
  • Purchase and plant dormant Star roses with G&B Organics Rose & Flower Planting Mix now.
  • If fruit & large deciduous trees have broken bud, wait to spray or adjust the concentration of your oil. Bonide All Seasons Horticultural & Dormant Oil will help control aphids, scale or mites that were a problem in the past. If fungal diseases such as scab and powdery mildew have been a problem, spray with Bonide Copper Fungicide or Monterey Liqui-Cop according to the label. Avoid spraying on windy days.

Moana Nursery Rewards Program Members Only

10% Savings
on *All Moana Rock Bulk Materials at S. Virginia St. store
. . . bark, rock, soil, sand & more!
*Excludes only flagstone.                      Offer expires March 15, 2016.

New Arrivals:
Centennial Blush Magnolia

  • Trees & Shrubs: 'Centennial Blush' Magnolia, 'Royal Raindrops' Crabapple, 'Norwegian Sunset' Maple, 'Gold Tide' Forsythia, Roses (fiber pot/bare root), Fruit Trees.
  • Veggies: Seed Potatoes & Onion Bulbs, some varieties include,  'Red Zeppelin' Onion, 'Walla Walla Sweet' Onion, 'Yukon Gold' Potatoes & 'Russian Bananas' Fingerling Potatoes., Organic Berries & Cream' Mint, Organic Lettuce 'Gourmet Mix', Organic Dill 'Bouquet'.
  • Perennials & Flowering Spring Bulbs: 'Allgero' & 'Crimson Red' Orientale Poppy', 'Red Wings' Creeping Phlox, 'Chequered Mix' Fritillaria & 'Tahiti' Narcissus.
    Norwegian Sunset Maple
    Royal Raindrops Crabapple
  • Wine Barrels - premium 'Oak Half Wine Barrel Planters' were full of vino two weeks ago!
  • DeWit Hand Tools - Moana Lane and South Virginia Street locations.  
    • High-Quality Swedish Boron Steel
    • Forged Steel for Long-Lasting Strength and Durability
    • Lifetime Guarantee
  • Bonide Liquid Cactus and African Violet Plant Foods specifically formulated to meet these plants' special needs.
  • Fiber Pot, Bare Root Roses
    Red Zeppelin Onion
    DeWit Hand Tools

    Organic Lettuce Gourmet Mix
    Russian Bananas Fingerling Potatoes
    Allgero Orientale Poppy
    Chequered Mix Fritillaria
  • Red Wings Creeping Phlox

Hop into Spring, Add Fresh New Colors
. . . flowers, bunnies, chicks and more to your home decor. Our spring arrivals and Easter goodies will help you forget about winter and celebrate the new season.  Come on in and get inspired!

Spring is Nature's Way of Saying Let's Party!
The Florist at Moana would love to create the perfect table piece for your next special event. Contact us at 775-825-0671

Save 20% on Moana-Grown  
High Desert Landscape Specials
Better Plants. Better Results.
  • #15 'Autumn Blaze' Maple (reg. $132)
  • #15 Quaking Aspen (reg. $127)
  • #3 Dwarf Mugo Pine (reg. $36)
  • #5 Dwarf Red-leaf Plum (Cistena flowering plum) (reg. $32)
  • 3 cu ft G&B Organics Raised Bed & Potting Mix (reg. $15.99)
  • All 20% off NOW.


Limited to stock on hand at full retail price.       Expires March 15, 2016.

Bree's Plant of the Month:  Dahlia

Dahlias are tuberous-rooted tender perennials, grown from small, brown biennial tubers planted in the spring. Their colorful spiky flowers generally bloom from midsummer to first frost, when many other plants are past their prime. They range in color and even size, from the giant 10-inch "dinnerplate" blooms to the 2-inch lollipop-style pompons. Most varieties grow 4 to 5 feet tall. Plant dahlia tubers now for color all summer long.

Matt's High Desert Tree of the Month:
'Snow Fountains' Weeping Cherry
This all-time favorite puts on a spectacular show in spring when its gracefully arching branches are completely smothered in pure white blooms. Plant with spring flowering bulbs, as a focal point in an entry way or even in a large patio pot

Karma's Featured Product of the Month:    Bonide Weed Beater Ultra

With superior cool weather performance down to 45°F, this extends the application window from early spring to late fall when weeds are most susceptible.  One application is effective on over 200 hard to kill weeds, even Goathead and Puncturevine.

Bree's March Planting Tip
It's time to get the garden ready! March's fickle weather makes it impossible to set exact dates and schedules for planting, so proceed with caution!

A New, Local Tool For You ... Moana Nursery's Exclusive High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
  • Search and explore plants that thrive in our unique climate and region.
  • Build wish lists, learn about plant characteristics and find the perfect plants for you and your home.
  • Bring your wish list to your favorite Moana Nursery location and our expert staff will help with your choices.
Available day & night on or click here.

Carmel's March High Desert Bird of the Month: Mourning Dove
Scientific name: Zenaida macroura 
How to identify:
The wings of this dove are long and pointed, allowing it to efficiently maintain flight speeds of up to 55 miles per hour. The wings make a whistling sound when the bird takes flight. They have very strong legs and feet and can launch into flight rapidly. The tail is long and tapered with white outer feathers contrasting to the dark inner feathers. There is also black spotting on the wings. Otherwise the coloring is muted light gray and brown above and pinkish below. The males can be distinguished from females with a little practice-males have a bluish crown and nape and a rose wash to the throat and breast.
The Mourning Dove is one of the most abundant and widespread birds in North America. Primarily a bird of open country, scattered trees, and woodland edges, but large numbers roost in woodlots during winter. Feeds on ground in grasslands, agricultural fields, backyards, and roadsides. It is considered a game bird in many states and more than 20 million individuals are shot each year. Even so, the population of Mourning Dove in the U.S. is estimated at 350 million.

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. 

See all the March Specials Here, including the Wheel of Fortune, Wild Bird Seed Sale, High Desert Landscape Specials and Rewards Member offer.  This month, lots of new arrivals at each location. 
Specials end March 15th.

Wild Birds Unlimited Stock-up for Spring Seed Sale.
Save on our most popular WBU blends now through March 15th.
Limited to quantities on hand.
  • Deluxe               Reg $23.99 / Sale $21.99
  • Dove & Quail    Reg $19.99 / Sale $17.99
  • No Mess DP      Reg $39.99 / Sale $36.99

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business
Our talented team led by Leslie Richardson has expanded their menu of services:
*Custom Containers
*Garden Design, Installation & Maintenance
*Seasonal Color
*Specialty Gardens of all types
Call 825-0602 x134 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.

Upcoming Events:
March 5: Kids' Garden Clinic - "Rose Secrets" presented by Reno Rose Society
10-11:30 AM Moana Lane Store - for ages 7-14
Our first kids' clinic is specifically designed for the budding gardener to learn and have fun in the garden. This interactive program will include: identifying fruits in the rose family & their common traits; how to make tissue roses; rose petals for potpourri; take home coloring pages. Class is free and limited to 12; call Moana Nursery 825-0600 to reserve a space for your child. Parents will need to remain on the premises during the program.
April 2: Reno Rose Society Annual Rose Pruning Demonstration
     11 am to 2 pm at the Reno Municipal Rose Garden in Idlewild Park.
After an initial presentation on rose care and pruning, we will break into small groups to give hands on demonstrations of pruning techniques on the different rose classification (hybrid teas, floribunda's, miniatures and climbers) in the garden. The demonstration and pruning will continue until 2:00 PM (weather permitting).  Bring bypass pruners, alcohol or Lysol Spray & heavy gloves; also suggested are lunch and bottled water. Contact Rebecca Shaw at 775-971-0777 for more information.

Upcoming Seminars:
March 5: Grow Your Own Fruit in Any Space
Whether your space is an apartment balcony in the city or acreage in the suburbs, you can successfully grow and produce fruit in northern Nevada. Luscious peaches, crisp apples and sweet plums right off the tree and fresh sweet berries are hard to beat. Our seminar with Certified Arborist & Plant Doctor Jon Bruyn's seminar will cover everything a gardener needs to know about choosing and nurturing the most delicious small-space varieties, from selection, pruning, training and irrigation to disease control.
March 12: Decorating with Houseplants - inside Moana Lane Garden Center  
"There is nothing quite like the pleasure you get from plants . . . they certainly cheer you up."     Charmain Hussey
Join Moana's award winning floral designer Gigi Williams and Greenhouse Plant Buyer Bree Lake for a demonstration of how to decorate with houseplants - including designing fabulous houseplant containers.  Gigi will show you how to combine various plants to create living arrangements -- from succulent dishes & orchid gardens to large containers with foliage plants.  Bree will discuss basic plant care, pest control and the many benefits of Mother Nature's Natural Air Cleaners. 
This seminar is for houseplant newbies and experts alike! Gigi & Bree have a passion for plants they are eager to share.
March 19: 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 26: Easter weekend - no seminar
All seminars are free and held at Moana Nursery, 1190 W. Moana Lane in our Landscape & Design Center unless otherwise stated. Seminars begin at 10 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.

Plan & Plant tool for you!
(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. Combine this DIY tool with our High Desert Plant Finder and Guide for even more help.

Our website is filled with local gardening & landscaping advice to make you comfortable gardening and landscaping in our high desert. 

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