The High Desert Gardener
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      Volume 05.15:  May 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
Ruby Bells Heuchera

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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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

Kinetic Garden Stake

Gardeneer Season Starter
Sunday, May 10th - - Special Day for Flowers & Gardens

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

Pest Alert: Pine aphids are infesting local pines. You'll notice needles are shiny with honeydew from the aphids, though the aphids themselves are hard to see unless you shake a branch over a piece of white paper. Spray according to the label with Insecticidal Soap to vanquish.

  • Continue to monitor nighttime temperatures. Sudden last minute changes to below freezing temperatures can cause a great deal of damage. Be prepared to cover tender plants.
  • Check out Moana Nursery's Beat the Drought Water-Wise Plants display at each location and ask for our High Desert Water-Wise Plant List and What is Drought Tolerant? Fact Sheets.
  • 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 and Oriole Nectar for both hummingbirds and orioles.
  • Continue to kill cheatgrass and other weeds with Bonide KleanUP Weed Control in open areas, or Monterey 2 in 1 Weed Impede to kill existing weeds and provide pre-emergent control.

Happy Mother's Day from the Florist at Moana:


The Florist at Moana will have a variety of beautiful arrangements for your mom this Mother's Day, many with keepsake vases to use throughout the year! Order early at 825-0671 or online at


May Special Rewards Members Only Offer
(thru 5/15):

15% Savings
on ALL Decorative
Garden Stakes 
Full priced & in-stock

Not a Rewards Member?   See 2015 Program here

New Arrivals:
  • Clematis, Hydrangeas, Roses, Japanese Maples, Weeping Sequoia.
  • Verbena, Calibrachoa and Geranium Hanging Baskets, Petunias, Digitalis, Coral Bells, Coneflowers, Dahlias, Creeping Thyme, Lilies, Peonies.
  • New Arrivals Houseplants: Blooming Baskets, Sunflowers, Lady Slipper Orchids, Azalea Trees, and Hydrangeas.
  • Frost Proof Black Clay Pottery.
    Weeping Sequoias
Lady Slipper Orchid



Hanging Baskets!


Red Dragon Japanese Maple









Creeping Thyme


Bree's Houseplant of the Month: Mixed Foliage Containers


Instead of focusing on a single houseplant, combine a few different ones in a basket or container to create an interesting, beautiful houseplant fusion. Make sure the ones you choose have the same light and water requirements. For example, combine Chinese evergreen, pilea, phaleonopsis orchids and trailing ivy to create that extra punch of color for a truly remarkable houseplant display.  (Tip: leave these plants in their original containers and cover sphagnum moss; they will be easy to water properly and replace).


Matt's Tree of the Month: Columnar Norway Spruce


This fast-growing, narrow selection of Norway spruce is very hardy and makes an excellent strong vertical accent in the landscape. It looks great in groupings, as a hedge or as a focal point and due its narrow shape it can be planted close to homes, walkways and patios.




Bree's Plant of the Month: Coneflower (Echinacea)


With bright colors and large, showy heads of composite flowers, coneflower is a favorite and popular perennial. Ranging in cheerful colors from yellow, orange, red, pink and purple, these prairie natives are adaptable and hardy. Their abundant blooms from early to late summer are a must have in any perennial garden. They should be watered regularly their first season in the garden, but once established coneflowers tolerate heat and drought.

Bath & Body Gifts for Mom


Deborah Michel is the creator and designer for Michel Design Works.  Her designs and patterns are inspired by antique botanical prints, vintage fabric swatches and garden photos.


Her line includes bath and body products, trays, candles and much more.  We feature four of her collections:  Lemon Basil, Rosemary Lavender, Honey Almond and From My Garden.
Each makes a wonderful gift.












Bree's May Gardening Tip:

For better blooms next year, resist the temptation to cut back your daffodils & tulips until they have almost completely died back. Plant later flowering bulb varieties like lilies, crocosmia, iris, allium, anemone & gladiola for late spring to mid-summer.


When planting your annuals loosen the roots a bit before planting to stimulate stronger growth. It is also time to divide overgrown perennials and establish new beds with the divisions. For best results add Dr. Earth Starter Fertilizer when planting all your plants. .


Remember to rotate vegetable crops to help control pests, disease and amend the soil with Dr. Earth Compost or Vegetable Planting Mix or Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost. Be sure to mulch your crops to retain moisture. Summer vegetable seeds can be planted outdoors now.

Rose & Flower Recipe for Success:


Dr. Earth Rose and Flower Planting Mix promotes blooms in all flowering plants: roses, trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials.  It is rich in alfalfa meal, wild-caught Alaskan fish bone meal and a plethora of organic nutrients.

Feed your roses and flowers with Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Fertilizer at time of planting & every 6 to 8 weeks for show quality beauty, color, fragrance, and bud protection

Protect your stunning roses & flowers by keeping them free of pests & disease with safe, easy-to-use Dr. Earth Final Stop Fungicide and Rose & Flower Insect Killer.

Bonide Rose Rx Systemic Drench
protects entire plants, even new growth, against insects and diseases. Lasts 6 weeks. Rain or watering does not wash away this long lasting protection. Simply measure, mix and pour around the base of roses and shrubs, or sprinkle over the top of entire flowerbed.

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Water-Wise Home Improvement Specials:
$67  #15  Scarlet Oak (reg.$116).
$17  #5  Red Barberry
(reg. $29).


May Wild Birds Unlimited Promo:  

Keep Mama Happy!

Maybe you've had your eye on a particular item in the store, or maybe you need the perfect nature gift for Mother's Day, May 10th.  Bring in the coupon below or show it on your phone  and receive 20% off of one regularly priced non-bird food item.
Carmel's May Bird of the Month:

American Kestral   


How to identify:  

North America's smallest falcon, the American Kestrel contains fierce intensity in its small body. It's one of the most colorful of all raptors.  The male's slate-blue head and wings contrast beautifully with his rusty-red back and tail; the female has a similar warm red on her wings, back, and tail.  The American Kestrel' s slender body is roughly the size and shape of a Mourning Dove, although it has a larger head; longer, narrow wings; and long, square-tipped tail. In flight, the wings are often bent and the wingtips swept back.

American Kestrels occupy habitats ranging from deserts and grasslands to alpine meadows. You're most likely to see them perching on telephone wires along roadsides, in open country with short vegetation and few trees.


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

Valuable Wild Birds Unlimited Coupon; clip or show on phone.

Save 20%

Save 20% on One Regularly-Priced Wild Birds Unlimited Non-Bird Food Item with Coupon ...

Feeders, Feeder Accessories, Bird Houses, Bird Baths, APS Pole System & Accessories!

Offer Expires: May 15, 2015.  Limited to stock on hand, excludes bird food, gift cards, Brome Bird Care feeders & sale items.

Organic Compost On-Sale:


3 big cubic feet! Great for amending soil and mulching, get water savings & healthy plants. 


Gardner & Bloome Organic Soil Building Compost

Reg. $12.99, only $9.99 thru 5/15 - - Our #1 Seller!

Also in May ...
20% off All SHRUBS!
(excludes only roses & vines)  

   May Spring Savings ...  
see it all here.

Neon Flash Spiraea
Frost Proof Black Clay & Glazed Pottery are here.
Pottery Galore!

Upcoming Events:


May 2: Delta Kapa Gamma Society International Arts & Craft Fair ... 9am - 3pm.

At Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane.

Members will be selling candles, jewelry, paintings-oil, drawings, 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 16:  Junk the Junipers - - 8 AM to 1 PM

Nevada Division of Forestry,  885 Eastlake Blvd., Washoe Valley

For details, visit

Upcoming Seminars:


May 2: Beginner's Guide to Bountiful Tomatoes and Their Cousins-

Join Plant Doctor and horticulturist Jon Bruyn to learn how easy it is to successfully grow and enjoy (harvest) tomatoes and other complementary warm season vegetables in the high desert. He'll discuss varieties and proper care throughout the season. This presentation is good for the beginner to advanced gardener with many tips that you will find useful.


May 9: Mother's Day Weekend - no seminar


May 16: Iris - - A High Desert Perennial Addiction

Join High Desert Iris Society members, master gardeners and iris judges to understand more about this diverse and colorful, tough perennial for our area--and the addiction to iris! Discover everything from what a rhizome is to planting, bloom time, soil, watering, dividing and showing your favorite blooms.


May 16 & 17th: High Desert Iris Society Show

At Moana Nursery, 1100 W. Moana Lane - inside retail store.

Saturday: 1:00 - 6:00 PM with 10:00 AM Seminar - see above.

Sunday:   9:00 AM - 3 PM.


Who knew that iris came in so many beautiful varieties and colors? And they love the high desert! A must see. Then come back in July to purchase your favorites during the High Desert Iris Society Sale at Moana Nursery on July 25 & 26.


May 23: Memorial Day Weekend - no seminar


May 27: 6:00 PM Reno Rose Society Hosts Garden Clean Up & Safety Seminar

All are welcome & encouraged to attend.

Fertilizer and pesticide safety and ways to prevent injuries while in the garden will be discussed.   Bring any unwanted/unusable insecticides, weed killers, rodent bait and other pesticides for disposal. Bret Allen from the State of Nevada Agriculture Dept. will be on hand to collect them.


May 30:  Everyone Loves a Well-Dressed Flower! Flower Prep Seminar & Arrangement Workshop

Sponsored by Reno Rose Society. Learn everything you need to know to prepare flowers from your garden for display in your own home as well as for Moana Nursery's Biggest Little Flower Show on June 13, 2015.  We'll show you how easy it is to enter by explaining how to interpret a schedule, select your flowers, make entry tags and create better specimen entries and floral arrangements. Program is offered at two times:


10 AM - 11 AM:  Flower Prep, Show Schedule Interpretation & Accurate Entry Tags Seminar (Bring return address labels) 


11 AM- 12 PM: Western-style Flower Arranging Workshop - Material Cost $9


1 PM - 2 PM:  Flower Prep, Show Schedule Interpretation & Accurate Entry Tags Seminar (Bring return address labels)


2 PM - 3 PM: Western-style Flower Arranging Workshop - Material Cost $9


Must reserve and pay for hands on floral arranging workshop in advance. Class size is limited to 10, though others may audit for free. Bring to the seminar by-pass pruners, small towel & bucket.  Register & pay in person with the Moana Lane cashier or call 825-0600 by Wednesday, May 27   


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.

Interior Plant Services

Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects


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.

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 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.

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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