The High Desert Gardener
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Fall is for Planting - - the Best Time to Plant ... See Why Here  

Fall Planting

      Volume 10.14
                            October 1, 2014
Dawn Donovan 
             Better Plants. Better People. 

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Contact Information:  Email us at: customerservice@


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
Ficus Decora
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:
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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
Save the Date!
Thursday, November 6th 
Moana's Holiday Preview Open House: 9 am - 8 pm.

Moana Nursery Rewards Members Only ...
Special Offer ... 15% Savings on all Spring-Blooming Bulbs ... Plant late Oct., Color in Spring.
Limited to stock on hand. Discounts on regular retail price..

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

Yellowing & dropping pine needles ... 

It is common for pines to shed needles annually. As long as the needles are on the inside of the branch (close to the trunk) instead of at the tip of the branch, there is nothing to worry about. If needles are browning and dropping at the tip of branches, there is a problem; in this instance, bring a branch in to one of our plant doctors for a diagnosis. 

  • Mulch, mulch, mulch. The best thing you can do to prepare and protect your trees and shrubs for winter is to mulch them with a 2 -3" layer of Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost or walk-on bark.   Be sure to water them thoroughly and regularly until the ground freezes if there is no natural precipitation.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials and spring flowering bulbs - fall is the best time to plant! Be sure to plant with SuperThrive, Dr. Earth Starter Fertilizer, and Gardner & Bloome SBC, according to our planting guide for success.
  • Refresh flower beds and containers with cool-season favorites such as pansies, violas, dusty miller, ornamental cabbage & kale, chrysanthemums, sedums, ornamental grasses, fall blooming asters, coral bells, autumn fern, dwarf hollies, junipers and spruce.
  • Plant spring blooming bulbs later this month or up until the ground freezes. For best results, plant with Dr. Earth Bulb Food or Dr. Earth Bone Meal.
  • Donate your surplus fruits and veggies to the hungry. Follow this link to a list of local organizations that accept produce for the needy:

From the Florist at Moana


New, Unique Offerings from the Florist at Moana Nursery

Spooky and whimsical Cookie Gardens along with Halloween and Fall Puffy Wreaths are now available from the Florist at Moana Nursery. We are happy to customize according to your needs. Call 825-0671 to place your order or visit us to see all the other new products we now stock. Debbie and Joni look forward to serving you!




New Arrivals:
'Ruby Tears' Weeping Crabapple

  • Umbrella Catalpa, 'Ruby Tears' Weeping Crabapple, 'Declaration' Lilac, 'Sensation' Lilac, Quaking Aspen
  • Moana Lane Greenhouse: Natal Mahogany, Ficus Decora.
  •  Pumpkins & Gourds Galore - we're told these are the best pumpkins in town! Several varieties/colors.
Pumpkins & Spooky Spider Plant
Umbrella Catalp
'Sensation' Lilac
Natal Mahogany
Spring Flowering Bulbs


Decorate for Halloween  

Scare up some fun with our spooky indoor and outdoor Halloween decorations.  With our wide selection of scary spiders, bats, witches, skeleton purses, and jeweled rats, you are sure to get into the Halloween spirit.


Just Arrived - Aussie Natural Dog Toys


Made from jute and recycled water bottles. Some are even 2 toys in 1! A fun floppy animal on the outside and a rope on the inside. We also have new rope toys that will help to freshen your dog's breath!  Each comes with a chew meter.

Made in the USA Tools for Your Fall Projects & Cleaning


Gail's Plant of the Month:   

Heuchera aka Coral Bells   


This evergreen shade lover is a wonderful plant for fall & winter containers and your favorite shade garden. Heuchera is available in a tremendous variety of greens, caramels, dark purples and almost black to highlight your fall and winter arrangements. Use as an accent in a mono pot or plant with fall grasses, mums and sedums for that holiday look at your front door.


Matt's Tree of the Month:

'Autumn Blaze' Maple


Far and away our best-selling maple, Autumn Blaze is popular due to its rapid growth rate, drought tolerance once established, ability to grow in most soils and exceptional bright red fall color.

Bree's Care Tips for Venus Fly Traps


Venus Fly Traps are easy to care for, but they do have a few quirks you should know to help them thrive.

Water, Light and Soil Requirements:

Full direct sunlight for at least 4 hours per day. Water with "pure water" -- distilled, rain, or water with a low concentration of mineral content. Plant should remain moist, not soggy or too dry. Use a soil mix of nutrient poor medium like Unigro Cactus Mix. Never fertilize your Venus Fly Trap.

Dormancy Period:

The plant must go dormant for 3-5 months each year to ensure that it stays happy and healthy. In the fall it will start shedding its summer leaves and growth will slow as temperatures drop. It will put out smaller, lower, ground hugging leaves as the existing leaves start to turn black. Your plant is not dying; it's just telling you it is going dormant 

Care During Dormancy:

Continue to lightly water your plant, keeping it moist and place it in a south facing window to continue getting light. Or put it in a plastic bag that will hold in moisture and place it in the refrigerator's vegetable keeper where the temperature is about 40 degrees Fahrenheit for 90-120 days. After that period take your plant out of the bag and place in a sunny window and growth will resume naturally.


A low fat diet - live insects like flies, beetles, ants and spiders work best. High fat content will cause the plant to die.

The trap will also start to turn black when it cannot digest the  

insect fast enough.      

Reasons for Turning Black

It is going into dormancy and the leaves are naturally dying back. Or it is due to watering with a mineral rich water; salt content in water can cause the leaves to turn black. It can also turn black when it dries out which harms the root system and causes it to die.

Red Hots ...

25% off

All Evergreen Trees

Water-Wise Mulching 
Only $9.99 for 3 cu.ft.

Gardner & Bloome: Soil Building Compost (reg.$12.99) 









 3" Saves 30% 

Organic mulch reduces water requirements by up to 30% while enriching soil and appearance! 



Home Improvement Specials:

#15 Northern Red Oak (reg. $112) ... $59 

#3 'Anthony Waterer' Spiraea (reg. $29) ... $15
Anthony Spiraea 2

See our October "Fall is the Best Time to Plant & Mulch" Specials here.


Wild Birds Unlimited Offer:


New Bugs, Nuts & Fruit - Oh My! 

Bird LOVE them!  Perfect food for Fall.

Only $14.99


October High Desert Bird of the Month:  

Cedar Waxwings    


How to identify: Cedar Waxwings are sleek, masked birds with unusual red, waxy deposits at the tips of their secondary feathers. They are cinnamon-colored, with grayish wings and tails and yellow terminal tail-bands. They have distinctive crested heads, black throats, and black masks lined with white. Their bellies have a yellowish tinge, and their undertail coverts are white. Juveniles are mottled gray-brown, and have black masks and yellow tail-bands. The red feather-tips increase in number and size as the bird ages.


Habitat: Cedar Waxwings inhabit open, lowland woodlands with shrubs and small trees, especially when berry-producing shrubs are present. They are often found in streamside woods and avoid the forest interior. They are common in forest clearings, wetlands, edges, residential areas, orchards, and stands of Russian olive.


Behavior: Cedar Waxwings are social birds that you're likely to see in flocks year-round. They sit in fruiting trees swallowing berries whole, or pluck them in mid-air with a brief fluttering hover. They also course over water for insects, flying like tubby, slightly clumsy swallows.

Lots more on cedar waxwings, the rest of our expert's informative articles & local birds at Sing up there for our monthly Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter and more.

Gail's Gardening Tip: Fall Gardening

Edible gardening is still going strong but our daylight will be changing dramatically which will cause your plants to SLOW way down. Plant now with lettuce starts and seeds for your final fall planting. Fall planting is the best time to plant your spring blooming perennials; they will get their roots in now and be a beautiful bloomer next year. The spring blooming bulbs are here and will be ready for planting around Halloween. Plant your bulbs with ground phlox around lilac and forsythia for a delightful spring garden next year.

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.
  • Convenient planting - - drop off your pot(s) and we'll do the rest. Drop off and pick up at the Potting Shed, located across the parking lot from the Landscape Design Center. Current hours are:
Saturday and Sunday:  Moana Lane Inside Cashier 
Monday thru Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM  




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:


Upcoming Events


October 4: Renown Children's Hospital Pink Pumpkin Fall Festival & Sidewalk Sale at The Summit. - 10 am to 5 pm. Free

Live entertainment, Moana Nursery's Pink Pumpkin Patch, farmers market, kids' activities, gift card giveaways and more. Event benefits the Renown Health Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund. For more information, visit or


Upcoming Seminars


October 4:  Composting 101- Turn your Garden & Kitchen Waste into Black Gold

Join Moana plant doctor, horticulturist and long-time high desert gardener Steve Packer to learn the basics of composting:  what to compost - from yard waste to kitchen scraps; the steps and recipe for turning them into a rich soil amendment for your garden: the numerous kinds of composters available along with their benefits.  Steve will share his own tips for successful composting.


October 11:  Winterizing Roses, Shrubs & Trees and Putting your Yard to Bed

Jon Bruyn, Moana plant doctor, certified arborist and high desert gardener, will present expert tips and techniques for preparing your roses, flowering shrubs, trees for the winter.  Included in the presentation are:  NOT pruning before winter, minimizing damage, watering routines and winter mulching.  This is one of our most popular seminars, so be sure to arrive a bit early.


October 18: Pumpkin Decorating Workshop:

Join our dynamic duo from the Florist at Moana - Joni Thomsen & Debbie Murray for this fun, creative workshop. You'll learn decorating tips & techniques and leave with your very own pumpkin Picasso or should we say Monet? $15 per person includes all supplies and pumpkin.

Great for parents/grandparents and kids 5 yr. and older. All children under age 16 need to be accompanied by a participating adult. Must sign-up and pay workshop fee of $15 in advance at our Moana Lane store or you can call 825-0600 and register with your credit card. (No shows will not be refunded their money.) Class size is limited to 20. Registration closes October 17 or when full, whichever comes first. A minimum of 10 is required for workshop to be held. Workshop is held at the Moana Lane store.


 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%?

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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