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The High Desert Gardener
           May 1, 2017: Volume 05.17
                        Weed it and Reap!
            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
Store Hours  
Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 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 (except Mother's Day & Easter Sunday) but great arrangements are 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:

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
Lemon Cucumber

Prudens Purple Heirloom Tomato

Black Beauty Eggplant

Two aerial photos, fall & summer, of our four-season growing nursery in Canby, Oregon.  Mt. Hood is east of the tree & shrub farm; the fall photo is looking west.

Season Starter Plant Protector

Bonide Sucker Punch Knocks Out Sprouts

Bonide Weed & Feed for your lawn

Harvest-Guard Protection

Pond Boss Fountain Pump

Bonide Crabgrass & Weed Preventer

Bonide All Seasons_ Spray Oil
Bonide MoleMax

Grow More Orchid Food

Bonide Systemic Houseplant Insect Control

Wilco Squirrel Bait Station
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Wilco Squirrel Bait

Bartlett Pears

Bing Cherries

Uni-Gro Potting Soils
Rose and Flower Planting Mix

Citrus and Fruit Tree Fertilizer
Concern Weed Prevention

Plantskydd Repellent for Rabbits _ small creatures

Osmocote Plant Food

Honeycrisp Apples
Sunday, May 14th 

Timely, Local High Desert Tips - -
Now is the time to ...
  • Hummingbirds have arrived & orioles will begin appearing any day. Now's the time to put out oranges and grape jelly for orioles and WBU Hummingbird & Oriole Nectar for both hummingbirds and orioles. Be sure to change the nectar every few days so it doesn't spoil.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs (forsythia, lilacs, quince, almond, viburnum, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas) immediately after they bloom.
  • Begin to regularly pinch back fall-blooming perennials - mums, asters & tall sedums; pinch weekly until mid-July to promote stocky growth.
  • Deadhead spring bulbs once they've finished flowering, but allow foliage to wither completely before removing.
  • Stake peonies to support blooms when they reach 10" in height.
  • Move your citrus trees (Meyer's lemon, etc.) outside when night time temperatures are above 45 degrees.
  • Spread several inches of G&B Organics Planting Compost or G&B Organics Harvest Supremeon vegetable and herb beds. Use as a mulch and/or continue to use as an amendment while you are still planting.

Moana Nursery Rewards Program Members Only Special:

15% Savings on all Tillandsias (Air Plants)
In stock and regular priced.                  Offer ends May 15, 2017 
Not a member? Join at any store.       See 2017 Program brochure here.    

Mother's Day Week,        May 8-14      
"If love is as sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love"....Stevie Wonder

Celebrate your mother with a specially designed arrangement created with the freshest of flowers this Mother's' Day Week. The Florist at Moana Nursery is known for unique flowers and creative design. Call early for best selection or visit our website at 

Carmel's Mother's' Day Gift Ideas
Beautiful artisan hand blown glass hummingbird feeders for Mother's Day!  Wonderful addition to your garden.

New Arrivals:
Rufa Bamboo

Ornamental Grasses: '
All Gold' & 'Fubuki' Japanese Forest Grass, 'Rufa' ,'Jiuzaigou' &' Scabrida' Bamboo.
Shrubs: 'Carol Mackie' Daphne, 'Jubilee' Ninebark Patio Tree, 'Mandarin Lights' Azalea.

Perennials - plant once & enjoy year after year: 'Fire Spinner' Delosperma, 'Galahad' Delphinium, 'Fire and Fog' Daylily, 'Florentine Silk' Iris, 'Sorbet' Peony.

Annuals - plant every year: 'Lilac' Sunpatiens, 'Little Lucky Red' Lantana, 'Supertunia Vista Silverberry' Petunia, 'Hula Hot Pink' Calibrachoa, 'MiniFamous Double Amethyst' Calibrachoa, 'Aretes Jollies Nancy' Fuchsia, Sweetunia Strawberry Morning' Petunia, 'Castle Scarlet' Celosia, 'Regatta Midnight Blue' Lobelia.

Veggies: 'Lemon' Cucumber, 'Black Beauty' Eggplant, 'Better Belle' Pepper, 'Serrano' Chili Pepper, 'Legend' Heirloom Tomato, 'Prudens Purple' Heirloom Tomato. 
Mandarin Lights Azalea
Fubuki Japanese Forest Grass
Ninebark Patio Tree

Carol Mackie Daphne

Sorbet Peony


Florentine Silk Iris

Galahad Delphinium

Aretes Jollies Nancy Fuchsia

MiniFamous Double Amethyst
Lilac Sunpatiens
Regatta Midnight Blue Lobelia

Supertunia Vista Silverberry Petunia

Little Lucky Red Lantana

New Wind Chimes and Nana Bells Handcrafted in India.

Wind chimes are made with beautiful colored glass beads and bells to create a delightful sound and artisan look. Nana bells produce a distinctive sound due to an ancient technique of smelting brass, copper and iron.  Each bell is hand tuned resulting in a mellow, melodic, echoing tone - a gentle reminder to slow down, relax and enjoy the breeze. Both make terrific Mother's Day gifts.



Karma's Featured Fertilizer
Gro-Power Plus 5-3-1
 is a humus based fertilizer designed for difficult soil conditions such as clay soils or areas with high sodium, boron or pH problems.

Debbie's High Desert Shrub of the Month: Rainbow Happy Trails Rose

Hardy and true spreading groundcover rose has branches that stay low to the ground and yellow-edged pink flowers that bloom continually throughout the growing season.

50th Anniversary Specials - - May 1 - 15
50% Savings* on One of Each of the Following five Specials: 
  • Any size G&B Organics All Purpose or Rose & Flower Fertilizer (reg. 11.99/32/56)
  • 2 lb. WBU Cranberry Seed Cylinder (reg. 11.99)
  • #5 Dwarf Arctic Willow (reg. 34)
  • Mini pot w/saucer (reg. 13.99)
  • #1 Strawberries (reg. 12.99)

*cannot be combined with other discounts

High Desert Landscape Specials**
20% Savings on each 
  • #15 'Chanticleer' Flowering Pear (reg. 134)
  • #15 'Krauter Vesuvius' Flowering Plum (reg. 132)
  • #5 Burning Bush (reg. 34)
  • #5 'Gold Flame' Spirara (reg. 32)
  • 3 cu.ft. G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner (reg. 14.99) or 1.5 cu.ft. G&B Organics Rose & Flower Planting Mix (reg. 11.99)
**Applies to full-priced Moana-grown trees & shrubs in stock. Offers expire May 15th.
KV Plum in bloom
KV Flowering Plum 

burning bush fall color 2

All May 1st to May 15th Specials Here.


Wild Birds Unlimited Freshest Bird Seed in Town
Red Hot Prices, 20 lb. bags - May 1-15

Finch 20lb     43.99 reg. / 40.99 sale

Deluxe 20#   21.99 reg. / 18.99 sale

Bree's May Gardening Tips:
  • Plant anytime this month summer flowering perennials -- Delphiniums, Phlox, Daylilies, Carnations, Aubrietia, Candytuft, Basket of Gold, Primroses, Heuchera and others.
  • Annuals -- Petunias, Geraniums, Fuchsias and Impatiens can also be planted now, but be aware of nightly temperatures to avoid possible frost.
  • Feed flowering plants in the ground with G&B Organics Bud & Bloom every 2 months; for containers, use G&B Organics High Bloome 1-2 times per week and remove spent flowers to promote further blooms.

Carmel's High Desert May Bird of the Month:
Anna's Hummingbird
Scientific name:
Calypte anna    
How to identify:  
Tiny among birds, Anna's are medium-sized and stocky for a hummingbird. They have a straight, shortish bill and a fairly broad tail. When perched, wingtips meet the tip of their short tail. Anna's Hummingbirds are mostly green and gray, without any rufous or orange marks on the body. The male's head and throat are covered in iridescent reddish-pink feathers that can look dull brown or gray without direct sunlight.
Anna's Hummingbirds are common in yards, parks, residential streets, eucalyptus groves, riverside woods, savannahs, and coastal scrub. They readily come to hummingbird feeders and flowering plants, including cultivated species in gardens.

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. 

Bree's High Desert Plant of the Month: Iris

This showy early summer blooming perennial takes its name from the Greek Goddess who rode rainbows. Suitably so, Iris come in a wide range of colors, petal shapes and sizes. They are hardy, reliable and easy to grow. Iris attract butterflies and hummingbirds and make a lovely cut flower.

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business 
We're off to a busy Spring Season with the expansion of our Potting Shed at the Moana Lane location.  Please inquire about drop-off container services at our Moana Lane Store or the Landscape Design Center -- 825-0602 x134.
Other services include:
  • Plant Based Garden Design, Installation and Maintenance
  • Specialty Gardens
  • Annual Bedding Color
  • Custom On-Site Exterior Container Plantings
  • Potting Shed Drop-Off Container and Event Services
  • Seasonal and Holiday Decorating
For information or estimates on our other services, call 825-0602 x134.

Interior Plant Services

Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects

Offices of Gaming Capital Group of Reno show off new plants provided by Moana
Nursery's Interior Plant Services

Upcoming Events

May 6:  Junk the Junipers - 8 AM to 1 PM
Nevada Division of Forestry, 885 Eastlake Blvd., Washoe Valley

May 20: Junk the Junipers - 8 AM to 1 PM
Lot adjacent to Truckee Meadows Fire Station, 11525 Red Rock Rd., Silver Lake
May 6: Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Arts & Craft Fair ... 9 AM - 3 PM ... at Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane.
Members will be selling candles, jewelry, artwork, scarves, lawn art, purses, backpacks and more. Proceeds help new teachers here at home get started and women educators worldwide advance their education via scholarships and grants.
May 13-14: High Desert Society Iris Show, 1100 W Moana Lane -see below for details.

Upcoming Seminars

May 6: Growing Vegetables Successfully Anywhere -- Moana Lane: 10-11 AM
You have asked for it, now you have it: a complete seminar on growing veggies in our late spring and summer in northern Nevada. Discussion will cover organic and non-organic methods, raised beds & containers, single to multiple crops, from seedlings to harvest. We have had some hard years recently that caused poor results for many homeowners. Moana Plant Doctor Jon Bruyn will explain how to mitigate the stresses our environment can cause for plants and you. You will leave knowing what can go wrong and confident that you can handle whatever northern Nevada gives us.
May 6: In your Garden Now -- Pyramid Hwy: 1-2 PM
Attend this seminar for timely information on what your garden and landscape needs to flourish this upcoming season. Tips on fertilizing, pruning, watering and what to plant now, will be discussed. The Adventures of Gardening!  Let Plant Doctor, Certified Arborist, Horticulturist and gardening addict Michelle Gilmore share with you all the fun things you can do in your yard now.
May 13-14:        High Desert Iris Society Show
Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane - inside retail store ... 

Saturday: 1- 6 PM ... 10 AM - 1 PM Seminar - see below.

Sunday:   9 AM - 4 PM

May 13: 10 Garden Upgrades with Iris
Presented by the High Desert Iris Society, a Region 14 Affiliate of the American Iris Society. Drop in any time and stay as long as you would like.
Learn from High Desert Iris Society members as they present a fast-paced variety of topics and science for beginners and experts:
10 favors for your soil ..... 10 garden tasks for the year.
10 companion plants for iris ..... 10 goals for your garden.
10 essential garden tools ..... 10 reasons to join a garden club.
Door prize drawings include iris. Then visit the HDIS Annual judged iris flower show to see an amazing array of iris Saturday from 1 to 6 PM and Sunday, May 14 from 9 AM to 4 PM.
May 20: Made for Shade Gardening                                                   Learn to design a colorful shade garden. Steve Packer, Moana Nursery Plant Doctor, Horticulturist & Certified Arborist will discuss the best practices for shade gardening and offer plant suggestions to bring a splash of color into a shaded area.
May 27: Memorial Day weekend - no 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 promptly at 10 a.m. and last one hour unless otherwise noted. Please arrive 15 minutes early as seating is limited to 60 and is first come, first served. Visit or call (775) 825-0600 for more information.

Carmel's Featured Wild Birds Unlimited Book - Hot off the Press ... Exclusively at Wild Birds Unlimited

The Joy of Bird Feeding Book by Jim Carpenter
The Joy of Bird Feeding is the ultimate reference for backyard bird watchers and bird feeders. It offers practical tips and solutions to attracting and identifying birds, offering the best foods for the birds you want to see, and how to deter those unwanted guests to feeding stations. Each chapter focuses on an important aspect of the hobby and guides readers to the essential steps of bird feeding mastery. Founder of Wild Birds Unlimited Jim Carpenter brings a lifelong passion for birds and bird feeding along with real solutions to make anyone s backyard a paradise for the birds and for bird watchers.

Beneficial Insects For Your Garden & Landscape!

Praying mantidsladybugs, lacewings, and beneficial nematodes essential for IPM (Integrated Pest Management) for controlling nuisance pests in your yard and garden. Beneficial nematodes control over 200 soil dwelling and wood boring pests including grubs, weevils and fungus gnats.  Ladybugs and green lacewings are two of the garden's best pest fighters in one cup.  Lacewings, (AKA aphid lions), devour up to 1,000 aphids a day and attack mites, whiteflies, leafhoppers, thrips, caterpillars and more. Earthworms improve soil structure and fertility.




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