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The High Desert Gardener
         November 1, 2016: Volume 11.16
Weed it and Reap!
            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

   (Closed Thanksgiving Day) 

   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.


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.

Store Hours Beginning November 6th

Monday:  Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
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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


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
Christmas Greens

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.

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 MoleMax

Fox Farm Happy Frog Bulb Food

Wilco Squirrel Bait Station
Helpful Links:

Moana Nursery is on Facebook!
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Nature News e-Newsletter
Sign up for Nature News -
the Wild Birds Unlimited e-Newsletter from Moana Nursery HERE
G&B Organics Worm-Gro

Wilco Squirrel Bait

Happy Frog Naturals
Concern Weed Prevention

Yard Butler Core Aerator

Yard Butler compost Aerator

Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Shop Small & Local Saturday all signal the start of the Holiday Season ... happy_thanksgiving_card.jpg
More importantly, have a joyous end to the year and a safe & healthy time of celebration with family and friends!
We're closed Thanksgiving.
Additional 10% savings on your total purchase of retail merchandise Sat. 26th. 
(excludes all services)
Yes, we've got our regular specials too (click Shop Small to see them) for this one day event.

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

Remember -- a primary cause of so many dead trees in our area this year is the lack of consistent winter watering over the past several years. Without, it, trees become stressed and susceptible to disease and insects and then they die.

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 winter 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.

  • Turn irrigation systems off only when sustained freezing nights with no warm-up are predicted and drain the valves. Water as long into the winter as you safely can if there is no natural precipitation.
  • Visit for simple video or written diagram winterizing instructions.
    Or call Landscape Services to schedule your irrigation system shut down - 825-0602 x134.
  • Disconnect hoses, drain and store in garage.
  • Cut to the ground all remaining dried perennial material not intended for winter interest; add to compost pile except for diseased plants and peonies.
  • Plant & transplant trees, shrubs & perennials and apply 2 to 4 inches of G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner (SBC) around the base of the plants to protect their root zones, being careful to keep it 4 inches away from their trunks & stems.
  • Continue to water newly planted trees and shrubs, especially evergreens, until ground freezes.
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs now. As the first signs of spring, they attract pollinators, add fragrance & many keep deer at bay. Be sure to plant with FoxFarm Happy Frog Bulb Food and mulch with G&B Organic's SBC for best results. It's as easy as Dig, Drop, Done for years of spring color! 
  • Use Bonide Molemax to repel burrowing rodents and Plantskydd to protect perennials from deer, squirrels & rabbits. 

Holiday Pinecones
Christmas Open House at All Three Moana Nursery Locations
November 11-13. 
Please join us for Christmas cheer and get a jump on your holiday shopping! We'll be decked out in our Christmas finest with a lovely selection of gifts for all ages.

Moana Nursery Rewards Program Members Only Specials:

November 1 - 15, 2016:

15% Savings on all Suet Cakes and Jim's Bark Butter Products.
Applies to full-priced stock on hand. 

November 16 - 30, 2016:  
15% Savings on Spring Blooming Bulbs*
*Excludes amaryllis and paperwhites, Applies to full-priced stock on hand. 

New Arrivals:
Weeping Pussy Willow

Trees & Shrubs: Weeping Pussy Willow, 'Magic Berry' Coralberry, 'Gold Mound' Spiraea, 'Gro Low' Sumac & Spruce: 'Baby Blue Eyes', Dwarf Alberta, 'Black Hills' & Norway -- all make good living Christmas trees.

Bulbs: 'Black Pearl', 'Aphrodite', 'Snow White' & 'Red Lion' Amaryllis, Paperwhites, Amaryllis and Paperwhite Bulb Kits.
Arriving mid-November: Poinsettias, Christmas Greens

Magic Berry Coralberry
Gold Mound Spiraea
Gro Low Sumac
Baby Blue Eyes Spruce
Amaryllis Kit
Red Lion Amaryllis

Snow White Amaryllis
Black Pearl Amaryllis
Aphrodite Amaryllis

Melody's Fall Home Accessories
Celebrate the glorious season of autumn with fall decor from Moana Nursery. You can bring the warm colors of the season into your home with our wide selection of garlands, leaf sprays, velvet pumpkins, turkeys, pumpkin spice candles, and more.


Karma's November
Featured Product:
Bonide Crabgrass & Weed Preventer 
Comes in a convenient shaker jug & prevents weed and grass seeds from germinating in all established lawns and ornamental beds. If you know you have cheatgrass and you don't see it emerging yet, now is the time to apply Bonide Crabgrass & Weed Preventer.

The Florist at Moana Nursery -

We are thankful for beautiful flowers ... let us create an extraordinary table piece for your Thanksgiving. Don't let your centerpiece be a turkey! 

Order early for the best selection by calling 775-825-0671 or visit our website: 

Debbie's High Desert Shrub of the Month: Dwarf Mugo Pine
This easy to grow evergreen provides year around interest. Bird friendly and deer resistant it looks great in our high desert gardens with other shrubs and perennials.

Bree's Plant of the Month: Houseplants
Houseplants add color and cheer to the indoors with their beautiful colors, shapes & many sizes. An added bonus is that many are great air cleaners. Some of my favorites are shiny ZZ plants, colorful crotons, forgiving spider plants and elegant peace lilies. A good selection can be found at any Moana location, with the largest at Moana Lane.

Bree's November Planting Tips
  • Cut back mums to 2-3 inches from the soil once they have begun to die back.
  • Continue to transplant perennials until the ground freezes, as long as they remain dormant.
  • Plant spring booming bulbs until the ground freezes.
  • Tender bulbs (dahlias, gladiola, tuberous begonias, cannas, caladium, calla lilies) should be dug and stored in a cool dark area after first frost.

Save 20% on Moana-Grown
Prairefire Crabapple
High Desert Landscape Specials in November!

Better Plants. Better Results.

#15 'Prairiefire' Crabapple
(reg. 132)
#15 'Red Sunset' Maple
(reg. 132)
#5 'Baileyi' Dogwood
(reg. 32)
#5 'Goldfinger' Potentilla
(reg. 32
3 cuft. G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner
(reg. 14.99)
ALL 20% Off!
Offer expires November 30, 2016; see all specials here
*Applies to full-priced Moana-grown trees & shrubs in stock.

Red Sunset Maple

Baileyi Dogwood

Goldfinger Potentilla

30% Savings on All Perennials
40% Savings on All Annuals
Offers apply to full priced merchandise in stock. Offers expire November 30th.

Enter Wild Birds Unlimited Special November Giveaway!
For every bird seed, quail block & seed cylinder purchase over $40 during November, customers will be entered into a drawing for this package valued at $150:
  • One Advanced Pole System Basic Set
  • One Filled finch sock
  • One seed cylinder feeder & seed cylinder
Enter as many times as purchases qualify during month of November.
A single winner will be drawn from entries collected at all three stores on Thursday December 1, 2016.

Carmel's November High Desert Bird of the Month:
Northern Flicker

Scientific name: Colaptes auratus  
How to identify: Northern Flickers are large, brown woodpeckers with handsome black-scalloped plumage that live year-round in Nevada. Their brown plumage is richly patterned with black spots, bars, and crescents. The red-shafted (western) and yellow-shafted (eastern) forms of Northern Flickers were once classified as different species. Red-shafted or yellow-shafted refers to the color of the undersides of wing and tail feathers. The two forms hybridize extensively in the area between their two ranges. It is not unusual at all to see a hybrid here, sometimes with yellow wing and tail feathers and the red mustache; or red-shafted with red nape crescent instead of red mustache.

Look for flickers in open habitats near trees, including woodlands, edges, yards, and parks. In the West you can find them in mountain forests all the way up to treeline.
Where to find one: 
Flickers are very fond of ants, and it is quite common to find them on the ground, probing the dirt with their long, slightly curved bill to find this delicacy. In suburban or urban settings, flickers are likely to be found during the winter in backyards with mature trees. 
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. 

Upcoming Events:

November 11-13: Moana Nursery Christmas Open House - all three locations.

November 25: Boy Scouts open their Christmas Tree Lots -- Moana Lane & Pyramid Hwy. locations.

November 26: Small Business Saturday - all three locations.

Seminars resume in January. Visit website (see below) for expert high desert advice in many forms. 

Visit any time to get expert gardening information ...
  • High Desert Fact Sheets
  • Bi-weekly Timely Tips
  • Helpful High Desert Videos
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Seminars
  • Weekly Specials
  • High Desert Plant Finder & Guide 
  • And much more ...
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.

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business
Leslie Richardson and her talented team continue to expand their menu of services. Now offering:
  • Custom made holiday wreaths & swags
  • Custom Christmas containers for indoors and outdoors
  • Interior holiday d├ęcor set-up
Call Leslie today at 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.



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Stop by our Moana Lane or Pyramid Highway locations to pick out the perfect cut Christmas tree and support your local Boy Scouts.
  • When choosing a Christmas tree, select one with firm needles that don't drop off when the tree is raised up a few inches and dropped to the ground. 
  • The bottom of the stump should be moist with some sap present. Cut two inches of the stump and immediately plunge tree into a bucket of warm water with SuperThrive added.
Make sure the stand is full of water each day.  If left without water, the tree will form a seal which prevents it from taking up any water. Add SuperThrive to every watering.

All proceeds go to local Boy Scout troops. Begins Friday, November 26th. 

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