The High Desert Gardener
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      Volume 11.14
                            November 1, 2014
Dawn Donovan 
             Better Plants. Better People. 

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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.-Fri. 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.  Pyramid Hwy. store closes at 5 pm. 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

Armstrong Red Maple Tree
Moana Nursery is on Facebook!  
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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
'Declaration' Lilac
Venus Fly Trap

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
Bonide Eight Yard & Garden
Bonide Eight Insect Control
Water-Wise 'Autumn Blaze' Maples
Bonide MoleMax
Grow More Orchid Food
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Helpful Links:
Armstrong Red Maple Tree
Moana Nursery is on Facebook!
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Nature News e-Newsletter
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the Wild Birds Unlimited e-Newsletter from Moana Nursery HERE

Dr. Earth Hose Ready Liquid Organic Fertilizers
Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
Captain Jack's Dead Bug Brew
Captain Jack's DeadBug Brew

Dramm Hoses - guarnateed
Dr. Earth Life Fertilizer (new image)


HydroFarm Light, Moisture & pH Meter
Bonide Bon-Neem II
Wilco Squirrel Bait
Fruit Trees 
Yard Art can be FUN

Quick Links
Christmas Preview Open House!
1100 W. Moana Lane
Thursday, November 6th 
 9 am - 8 pm (see below)

Moana Nursery Rewards Members Only Special ...

15% Savings on All Bagged Potting Soils, Mixes & Mulches/Compost.
Limited to stock on hand. Discounts on regular retail price..

Timely, Local High Desert Tips ...
Now is the Time To ...
Plants in the ground -- especially newly planted trees, shrubs and perennials -- need the equivalent of one inch of precipitation per month.   Plants in containers need more since they dry out faster. If natural precipitation does not arrive, this will be necessary throughout the winter for ALL plants. Visit this helpful link on high desert winter watering  to read our fact sheet titled IF-13 Winter Watering.

The primary cause of so many dead trees seen in our area this year is the lack of consistent winter watering over the past several years. Without it, they become stressed and susceptible to disease and insects and die.
  • Continue to plant spring blooming bulbs this month as weather and soil conditions permit; be sure to add Dr. Earth Bulb Food or Bone Meal, water well and mulch with Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost after planting.
  • Cut to the ground all remaining dried perennial material not intended for winter interest; add to compost pile except for diseased plants and peonies.
  • Add 3 - 4 inches of Gardener & Bloome Soil Building Compost to garden beds once the ground has completely frozen.
  • Use Moelmax to repel burrowing rodents and Plantskydd to protect perennials from deer squirrels & rabbits.
  • Turn irrigation systems off only when sustained freezing nights & no warm-up on the horizon. Water as long into winter as you safely can.

Christmas Preview Open House Christmas Wreath


       1100 W. Moana Lane

             9 am - 8 pm

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Join us for holiday cheer and inspired Christmas shopping as we kick off our Holiday Pet Giving Tree partnership with the Nevada Humane Society.


15 Minute How to Demos

10:00   Wreath Decorating

10:30   Fall/Winter Containers                              

11:00   Succulent Container


Exclusive Open House Savings for Rewards Members



Wine, local Pigeon Head beer & snacks catered by Fernando's Creative Food will be served in the afternoon and evening. Gourmet food tastings will be available throughout the day.


Nevada Humane Society: will be onsite from 11:00 am to 2 pm with pets and raffle off a pet gift basket.


Meet Local Artists: 5:30 - 8:00

Pamela Cruz combines many of her artistic talents in creating her gourd art, including scroll work, carving, weaving, painting, and photography. Terra cotta artist Bonnie Jamieson combines terra cotta and fused glass with a whimsical flair. Artwork by both artists will be available for sale.


Live Music: 6:30 - 7:30

The Galena High School Jazz Choir will perform from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.


Gift Drawings: All purchasers will be entered into drawing for 5 unique gift baskets.

From the Florist at Moana


New, Unique Offerings from the Florist at Moana Nursery

November is here.....send a pumpkin and they will be sure to cheer!!!!!

Or select from our custom designed bounty of fall arrangements. Call 775-825-0671 to place your order. We can deliver or you can pick up.

Deck the Halls ...


Yes, it is hard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner!  Come in and see our wide selection of festive holiday decor and ornaments to make your season sparkle.

New Arrivals:
'Baby Blue' Spruce

  • Baby Blue Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Burning Bush; Maiden Grass.
  • Tillandsia, Amaryllis and Paperwhite holiday bulbs & Ivy topiaries.
Maiden Grass
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
Burning Bush
Serbian Spruce
Ivy Topiaries

Get Inspired!

By Bree Lake

Succulents and tillandsia are great plants for creating fun and interesting Do-It Yourself projects since they can grow just about anywhere. Below are a few noteworthy projects to get the artistic gardener inspired.

Two fun ways to display them: make a recycled container or turn them into living jewelry.


Moana has a great selection of succulents and tillandsia at all three of our locations to get the artistic gardener inspired.

November Bird Of the Month:  Black-billed Magpie


Magpies are black and white overall with blue-green iridescent flashes in the wing and tail. The upperparts are mostly black with a white patch in the outer wing and two white stripes ("backpack straps") on the back. Black-billed Magpies are slightly larger than jays with much longer, diamond-shaped tails and heavier bills. In flight, their wings seem to be too short to support their graceful flight. Magpies move in groups and give a variety of trill, cackle, and whistle calls. They flap steadily in flight, alternating deep and shallow wingbeats, and use their very long tails to negotiate abrupt turns.



Black-billed Magpies are widespread in towns, fields, and stream corridors of the West. They also concentrate in flocks at feedlots and other areas where food is easy to find.


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

Gail's Plant of the Month: Amaryllis    

This giant bulb is available in many colors for you to give as the perfect holiday gift.  Just plant about a third of your bulb in soil, rocks or water and enjoy the bloom. Put one in a favorite pot with a couple of trailing ivy or pothos for a no fuss houseplant

Matt's Tree of the Month:

Black Hills Spruce


This slow growing, hardy and trouble free native of South Dakota will fit into any landscape and provide year-round beauty with its dense symmetrical shape and deep green needles. Black Hills Spruce endures extreme cold and is deer resistant.


*Seed Cylinders, Stackables, Seed and Suet Cakes -

20% Savings   


Great source of food and energy for over-wintering birds.  


*Excludes character seed cylinders and all Bark Butter products; offer expires 11/16/14.    

Red Hots ... thru 11/16.

25% off

All Shrubs, Roses, Vines, Grasses & Perennials

30% Savings on Fall Bulbs - plant bulbs now to enjoy next spring and years to come!  

50% Savings on All Pumpkins 

Offers apply to full priced stock on hand



Save on Bonide Annual Tree & Shrub Insect Control

Apply now to protect your plants for one full year.

One quart $19.99 (reg. $24.99) (save $5.00)

One gallon $57.00 (reg. $69.00 ) (save $12.00)



Home Improvement Specials:

#15 'Indian Magic' Crabapple         (reg. $122) ... $59 

#5  'Goldfinger' Potentilla               (reg. $29) ... $15
Indian Magic Crabapple Tree
See our November "Still Time to Plant & Mulch" Specials here.

Gail's Gardening Tip: Put It To Bed

Put your garden to bed with a blanket -- 3 to 4 inches of mulch. The mulch will help retain moisture in our cold, dry winters and protect the roots of your plants. As the weather warms, check on your mulched garden plants, uncover the crowns of the perennials but keep the roots protected.  In mid-February add more mulch to help keep the weeds away, keep the moisture in and give your garden beds a manicured look that shows off your spring growing gardens.

Interior Plant Services - Resort at Squaw Creek


Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects by Vicky Ross


Custom centerpiece with a mix of live and artificial plants designed for low light and minimal maintenance.


Call (775) 825-0602 ext.134 for more information.




20% Savings on Walk-on Bark and Flagstone 

  • Walk-on bark is a great mulch for trees, shrubs, perennials and small fruits; it creates a favorable environment for earth worms and soil microorganisms. And tt can reduce water requirements up to 30%.
  • Sunset Gold, Sunset Silver & Mesquite Charcoal flagstone, in the ¾-1 ¼ size, are perfect for walkways and patios. 
  • Need bulk material 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.

Upcoming Seminars and Events:


Last Seminar of 2014

November 8: Ask the Plant Doctors


Join Lisa Braginton and Steve Packer, our arborists/horticultural experts who are also long time high desert gardeners for a Q&A. A few suggested topics are listed to help you with your own questions. Don't miss this opportunity to pick their brains!

  • Watering. What IS the right way to do it?
  • How do I pick out the right tree? Can't I just prune (branches and roots) that are too big?
  • Does organic really matter? Doesn't' it' just let nurseries charge more?
  • How do I have a green lawn in northern Nevada?
  • What do I plant for birds/bees/butterflies? What do I plant to keep out deer/rabbits/squirrels?
  • What are the most likely suspects for pests?
  • BONUS:   What is the secret to a beautiful yard, and why is all the information I find on the internet not working?


 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) 825-0602 for more information.

Plan & Plant 2nd landscape for circular
(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. 

Our website is filled with local gardening & landscaping advice to make you a green industry, high desert expert.

Looking for ways to reduce your water usage by 10% or more?

Call 825-0602 x 134 to ask how we can tune up your irrigation system, or for more savings, ask about our Easy Turf ... truly superior artificial grass - - no watering. 


Water Saving Lawn Hint ... Keep your grass longer this fall and "step on it" to see if it springs back.  If it does, you don't need more water. 

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