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

Fall Planting

      September 1, 2015: Volume 09.15
                            Weed it and Reap!
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.  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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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
Creeping Phlox Subulata

'Kickin Mix' Aster
Lucky Bamboo

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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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)


Bonide Bon-Neem II
Wilco Squirrel Bait
Fruit Trees
Yard Art can be FUN

Quick Links
Happy Labor Day Greetings!

Early Fall means summer is waning and it is time to get reacquainted with your yard.  In fact, now is the best time to plant and to save. See early fall tips here.

Have a great holiday weekend! 

Timely, Local High Desert Tips ...
Now is the Time To ...
  • Adjust your irrigation clock to reduce watering times as weather cools.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials and spring flowering bulbs - fall is the best time to plant.
  • Install a new lawn or repair bare spots with Bonide Dura-Turf Premium Grass Seed and Lawn Seed Starter, then cover with Gardener & Bloome Soil Building Conditioner.
  • Start a compost pile.
  • Create a bird habitat in your backyard with trees, shrubs & perennials that provide food and shelter to birds.
  • Prepare plants you will be bringing indoors for the winter by treating them Bonide Systemic Granular Insect Control or Bonide Neem Oil. This treatment will kill insects which are suppressed in the outdoor environment but may flourish in the home.

Save the date ... weekend of September 26th & 27th!

is coming - - our way of celebrating fall planting. Join us for beer, pretzels, music and savings.

Moana Nursery Rewards Program Members Only (9/1 thru 9/15/15) ...

Special Offer ... 15% Savings on all Glass Terrariums

Limited to terrariums on hand. Discounts on regular retail price.

From the Florist at Moana
Introducing our signature Moana arrangement, available in four sizes, starting at $45.

To order, call 825-0671.

New Arrivals:
'Graceful Grace' Weeping Fir

Trees, Shrubs & Grasses: 'Tanyosho' Pine, 'Graceful Grace' Weeping Fir, Snowberry, 'Cheyenne' Privet, 'Overdam' Feather Reed Grass, Hibiscus.


Annuals & Perennials: Pansies, Violas, Bracteantha (Strawflower), 'Kickin Mix' Aster, Creeping Phlox Subulata, & Upright Phlox Paniculata.


Upright Phlox Paniculata
'Tanyosho' Pine
'Cheyenne' Privet
'Overdam' Feather Reed Grass
Bracteantha (Strawflower)

Fall & Halloween Décor
Before you know it, Halloween will be here. Dress up your home and yourself with our spooktacular holiday decor and wearables, including masks, headbands, purses and bracelets. Shop early for the best selection.

Gardening Shoe for Every Gardener:

100% waterproof Sloggers are perfect for rain and gardening. With a deep lug sole for great traction in mud or rain, they can easily be hosed off when dirty.  Slogger are made in the USA of 100% recycled materials.   Choose from many patterns and colors, including the newest black polka dot pattern.

Bree's Plant of the Month:   
Coralbells (Heuchera) 
When I think of Coralbells I think of variety -- from ruffled leaves to a wide range of colors from lime green, purple, silver streaked and bronze to reds and browns. Coralbells are a fun and interesting addition to any garden.  Easy to grow and perfect for dry, part sun or shady beds and borders, under trees and eaves. Differing in leaf size, height, width and color, they really pack a punch for interesting color and foliage all year long . . . say goodbye to the boring green groundcover! 

Matt's Tree of the Month:
'Celebration' Maple
This beautiful and durable tree has become a local favorite due to its broadly oval shape, fast growth, stunning fall color and tolerance of weather extremes. 'Celebration' is water-wise when established and will provide cooling shade for years to come.

Carmel's Featured Items -- Birds Choice Feeders, Birdbaths & Weather Guards  

Fall is a great time to refresh your bird feeders in time for winter enjoyment!   
New recycled finch,
fly-thru, hopper and sky cafe feeders makes a perfect addition to your backyard birdscape.  The clear acrylic birdbath paired with a colorful weather guard is sure to bring in the birds!  These beautiful new products are eco-friendly and will last a lifetime!


Karma's 'Did You Know We Carry These Products?'
  • Pond Boss Pumps - for indoor and outdoor water features, including a kit to convert a container into a fountain.
  • Gel2root - makes rooting cuttings of your favorite geranium or other annual fun and easy.  The transparent cells allow you to watch roots as they grow, a great project to share with kids.  When roots have filled the cell, drop them into a Plantable Pot made from 100% peat-free renewable coir.
  • Flexrake Fruit Picker has telescoping pole featuring a fiberglass handle that extends to 12 feet.  The "bruise free" pad keeps each piece of fruit safe from damage.
  • Flexrake Classic D Handle Fork makes easy work of lifting and dividing perennials such as daylilies and iris.  Flexrake Classic D Shovel is another essential tool for all gardeners. Products are made in America by Flexrake Corporation, family-owned & operated since 1945.
  • The Yard Butler Lawn Coring Aerator revitalizes compacted lawns while making more efficient use of water and fertilizer.  By removing two 3 ½ inch cores, it reduces compaction and thatch to let air, water, and fertilizer down to the root zone. The heavy duty powder coated steel is guaranteed to last a lifetime.
  • Soil Moist polymers reduce watering by 50%, transplant shock and soil compaction and is effective in the soil for 3-5 years. It is an effective water management aid that is ideal for interior and exterior plantings such as for trees, shrubs, containers, baskets, flower beds, vegetables and turf.

Red Hots ...

25% Savings on ALL Shade Trees & 



30% Savings on All Dr. Earth Products 





Water-wise Home Improvement Specials:


#15 'Chanticleer' Flowering' Pear (reg. $132) ... $67


#5 'Anthony Waterer' Spiraea    (reg. $32) ... $17

 Anthony Waterer Spiraea 5gal

See our September "Fall is the Best Time to Plant" Specials here.

Carmel's September High Desert Bird of the Month:  
Lesser Goldfinch
Scientific name:
Spinus psaltria    
How to identify:
Lesser Goldfinches are tiny, stub-billed songbirds with long, pointed wings, and short, notched tails. Males are bright yellow below with a glossy black cap and white patches in the wings; their backs can be glossy black or dull green (particularly on the West Coast). They have a black tail with large, white corners. Females and immatures have olive backs, dull yellow underparts, and black wings marked by two whitish wingbars.
Lesser Goldfinches feed in weedy fields, budding treetops, and the brush of open areas and edges. Depending on food availability, they may concentrate in mountain canyons and desert oases, but they are also fairly common in suburbs
Lots more on the Lesser Goldfinch plus the rest of our expert's informative articles & local birds at Sign up there for our monthly Wild Birds Unlimited Newsletter and more.

Bree's September Planting Tips bulbs

Fall is the time to plant perennial seeds and bulbs. Once the soil temperature drops below 60° F, plant tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, dwarf irises, anemone, peonies, crocus and other spring-blooming bulbs. Select healthy, disease free bulbs. Add Dr. Earth Premium Bone Meal or Bulb Food to the planting hole as you prepare the soil.
Winter pansies, ornamental kale and cabbage and fall blooming chrysanthemums can be planted now to add color to the garden when summer flowers have faded.
Fall is the best time to shop for perennials, trees and shrubs. Fall planting encourages good root development, allowing the plants to get established before spring. If weather is dry, provide water up until the ground freezes.

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.

Interior Plant Services:  Commercial, Residential & 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.

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. 




Bulk Material Installation & Spreading  


Need rock for your landscape project? We can deliver and spread! And check out our flagstone, Sunset Gold and Mesquite Charcoal, both in the ¾-1 ¼ size, perfect for walkways and patios.  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:
September 26 & 27:  Moana Nursery's Oktoberfestival of Savings, Music & Local Beer at all three locations.
Details will be emailed prior to event.
October 3: Renown Children's Hospital Pink Pumpkin Fall Festival at The Summit. 9 am to 2 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.       
September Seminars:
September 12: Expert Tips for Extending the Growing Season
"Yes, you can still grow veggies & herbs when the days grow short and cold!"
Believe it or not, we still have at least 2 more months left to grow.  Join Plant Doctor, arborist and high desert gardener Lisa Braginton to learn what you need to be doing in your garden now to make the most of your efforts:  successive plantings, row covers, hoop houses, fall crops, cover crops, planting for next spring's harvest, and more.
September 19: Growing Citrus in Northern Nevada
Nothing smells better than a lemon or lime tree in flower on your patio during the summer or in your home during winter. And how exciting to pick your own lemon or lime! Join Jon Bruyn, Moana Nursery plant doctor and successful northern Nevada citrus grower, to learn how easy it is to successfully grow citrus indoors. He will explain what conditions are necessary (sunlight, temperature, etc.) and share tips to ensure a healthy plant and plentiful harvest.
September 26:   The Art & Science of Plant Propagation
Can a simple leaf start another plant?  Learn how to get the most out of your houseplants, woody shrubs, annuals & perennials using simple propagation techniques.  Propagation methods covered include seed, stem, leaf and root cuttings, and layering. Plant Doctor Steve Packer will share his passion for propagation.
October 3rd:   Scary Halloween Garden Workshop for Kids (ages 5 - 12)
Join Miss Gigi, award-winning designer with 30 years' experience as a workshop leader for this fun, hands-on workshop to learn the basics & magic of miniature gardening and create your very own spooky garden to take home.
Workshop cost of $16 covers all materials. All kids must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up and pay in advance at our Moana Lane store or you can call 825-0600 to register with your credit card. (No shows will not be refunded their money.) Class size is limited to 20 children. Registration closes Thursday, October 1 or when full, whichever comes first. 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.

Thank You!
We were again, in 2015, voted best
Garden Center Nursery in Northern Nevada.

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