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The High Desert Gardener
        September 1, 2016: Volume 09.16
Weed it and Reap!
            Better Plants. Better Advice. Better Results. 

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Contact Information:  Email us at:


Moana Lane Garden Center 
The Florist, Greenhouse &  
Gift Shop  
                            1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno                                  775-825-0600  


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.


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. 
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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!  
Click the link and become a fan! 

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
Black Parrot Tulips
Taurus Narcissus

Fortissimo Narcissus

Bonide Fruit Tree & Plant Guard

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
Grow More Orchid Food
Bonide MoleMax
ACECAP Systemic Insecticide Tree Implant
Gardeneer Harvest Guard
Uni-Gro Potting Soils

Wilco Squirrel Bait Station

Cosmos Sonata Mix

Helpful Links:
Armstrong Red Maple Tree
Moana Nursery is on Facebook!
Click the link and become a fan!
Become a Fan Now!

Armstrong Red Maple Tree
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 Wisk Rake

Yard Butler Core Aerator

Yard Butler compost Aerator

Wild Birds Unlimited Seed Blends
Quick Links
Timely, Local High Desert Tips ...
Now is the Time To ...  
  • Adjust your irrigation clock to shorten watering times as weather cools. Inspect irrigation system for leaks and clogged or broken emitters and heads. Move emitters out from the base of plants as they grow.
  • Purchase spring blooming bulbs now for best selection, but wait to plant until later in October and November.
  • Create a bird habitat in your backyard with trees, shrubs & perennials that provide food and shelter to birds.
  • Install a new lawn or repair bare spots with Bonide Dura-Turf Premium Grass Seed and Lawn Seed Starter, then cover with G&B Organics SBC.
  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials and spring flowering bulbs - fall is the best time to plant.
  • Do not fertilize trees and shrubs with fast acting fertilizer between September 1 and March 15th. If your landscape is nutrient deficient, consider mulching with G&B Compost or SBC (Soil Building Conditioner) or feed with a slow release fertilizer like G&B Organics All Purpose or Gro- Power Toss'n'Gro.

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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!

Save the date ... weekend of September 24th & 25th!
is coming - - our way of celebrating fall planting. Join us for local beer, pretzels, music, strudel and savings. All three stores, two days only.

Moana Nursery Rewards Program
Members Only Specials

15% Savings on All 3.5" Pansies & Violas & 4.5" & Qt. Assorted Mums
 Applies to full-priced stock on hand. Offer valid from September 1-15, 2016.

Not a Member, sign up at all three stores.
See 2016 program brochure here.  

New Arrivals:
Giant Sequoia

Trees & Shrubs: 'Chieftain' Manzanita, 'Hancock' Coralberry, 'Blue Chiffon' Rose of Sharon, 'Louisa' Weeping Crabapple, Giant Sequoia

Annuals (plant every year):  'Dynasty White' Ornamental Cabbage , 'Glamour Red' Ornamental Kale, Assorted 12" Mum Patio Pots, 'California Fiesta' Calla Lilies 10" Patio Pots.

Perennials (plant once and enjoy year after year): 'Moench' Aster, 'Autumn Joy' Sedum, 'Munstead Dark Red' Sedum.

Bulbs: 'Hemisphere' & 'Black Parrot' Tulips, 'Giganteum Allium', 'Taurus' & 'Fortissimo' Narcissus.

Veggies: 'Stonehead' Cabbage, 'Jade Cross' Brussel Sprouts, 'Bight Light Mix' Swiss Chard and 'Buttercrunch' Lettuce..

Louisia Weeping Crabapple
Blue Chiffon Rose of Sharon
Hancock Coralberry
Dynasty White Ornamental Cabbage
California Fiesta Calla Lilies
Moench Aster
Glamour Red Ornamental Kale
Munstead Dark Red Sedum
Giganteum Allium

New Temple Bells from Local Artist Couple ... 
we are excited to introduce local artists, John and Nancy Kendrick who create beautiful temple bells repurposed from salvaged steel CO2 and oxygen tanks. Each bell is designed to create an experience of peace, tranquility and reflection; its tone is pitched to a note providing a beautiful, meditative, and long-resonating sound. The bell's striker is a recycled hockey puck actually used in sporting events. They also create a tabletop chimes and singing bowl from recycled steel tanks. Currently available at the ML store only.


Karma's Featured Product: Happy Frog® Bulb Food

Planting bulbs in the fall is an investment in the future.  Protect that investment with Happy Frog® Bulb Food (3-8-8) containing extra phosphorus for sustained flowering and potassium for added disease resistance. Use on tulips, daffodils, iris, gladiolas, dahlias, and all flowering plants and trees.

The Florist at Moana Nursery- We're Ready for Homecoming!
We specialize in unique homecoming corsages and boutonnieres with many choices of bracelets and embellishments to personalize your flowers. Stand out in the
crowd by choosing flowers from Moana! Call 825-0671 today to place your order or stop by to see what your choices are.

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. 

Bree's Plant of the Month: Sedums  
No garden is complete without the gorgeous fall color of sedums. This perennial (plant once and enjoy year after year) is a succulent that looks good from spring through fall. Sedums require minimal attention, grow upright or trailing and are drought tolerant. 'Autumn Joy' sedum bursts with bright magenta blooms and can be used in dried floral arrangements.

Matt's High Desert Plant of the Month:
'Dark Green Spreader' Yew
A very dense, spreading shrub that is considered to be one of the hardiest of all yews. This versatile plant grows well in part sun to full shade and is ideal as a sheared hedge or low foundation planting.

Fall Color Special ...
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ALL 'Summit' Hanging Baskets 60% Off

Perfect for outdoor decorating and backyard entertaining!

Bree's September Planting Tips:
  • Plant perennial seeds.
  • Once the soil temperature drops below 60 degrees in Oct./Nov, plant spring flowering bulbs: tulips, daffodils (narcissus), hyacinth, iris, anemone, crocus & allium.
  • Plant winter pansies, ornamental kale and cabbage and fall blooming mums now to add color to your containers and garden as summer flowers fade.

Save 20% on Moana-Grown
Burgundy Belle Maple
High Desert Landscape Specials* thru 9/15 only.

Better Plants. Better Results.

#15 'Burgundy Belle' Maple, (reg. $132).

#15 'Snowdrift' Crabapple, (reg. $132).

#3 Dwarf Mugo Pine, (reg. $36).

#5 'Goldflame' Spiraea, (reg. $32).

G&B Organics Lawn Fertilizer 18lb (reg. $42) & 40lb (reg. $72).

ALL 20% Off!

Offer expires September 15, 2016; see all specials here
*Applies to full-priced Moana-grown trees & shrubs in stock.

Snowdrift Flowering Crabapple
Dwarf Mugo Pine
Goldflame Spiraea

25% off All *Evergreen Trees Now (1st to 15th).  

Lower Prices for Wild Birds Unlimited Signature Seed Blends

The fall bird migration is underway and we are kicking it off by lowering our Wild Birds Unlimited signature seed blends pricing!  With cooler temperatures around the corner, now is a great time to feed and backyard bird-watch.  We also have a wide array of high quality bird feeders to start the season off right.

Carmel's September High Desert Bird of the Month:         Barn Owl
Scientific name:
Tyto alba  
How to identify:
 These medium-sized owls have long, rounded wings and short tails, which combine with a buoyant, loping flight to give them a distinctive flight style. The legs are long and the head is smoothly rounded, without ear tufts. Barn Owls are pale overall with dark eyes. They have a mix of buff and gray on the head, back, and upperwings, and are white on the face, body, and underwings. When seen at night they can appear all white.

Habitat: Barn Owls require large areas of open land over which to hunt. This can either be marsh, grasslands, or mixed agricultural fields. For nesting and roosting, they prefer quiet cavities, either in trees or man-made structures such as barns or silos.

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. 

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business

Our talented team led by Leslie Richardson has expanded their menu of services:
  • Custom Containers
  • Garden Design, Installation & Maintenance
  • Seasonal Color
  • Specialty Gardens of all types
Call 825-0602 x134 for free estimate. Now is the time to have your containers and garden refreshed for fall!  
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.

Upcoming Events & Seminars:

September 24 - 25: Moana Nursery's Annual Oktoberfest Weekend

All 3 stores ... 8 am to 6 pm Saturday and 9 am to 5 pm Sunday  
Celebrate "Fall is the Best Time to Plant" in the high desert with beer, pretzels, strudel, music & savings at all three stores. Details will be emailed on September 23rd.
October 1: 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, and more. Event benefits the Renown Health Breast Cancer Patient Assistance Fund.       
October 1 - 9: Real Men Wear Pink at Moana Nursery ... 9 days supporting breast cancer research with 10% of retail sales being donated to the American Cancer Society.
We are Proud, Pink & Planted, High in the Desert!
Help Us Help Beat Breast Cancer!

Upcoming Seminars: 

September 10: It's All about the Soil and the Miracles of Mulch
Abundant crops and beautiful landscapes begin with living soil and continue with regular mulching - the finishing touch in your landscape that works miracles in your soil. Gisele Schoniger, Organic Gardening Educator at Kellogg Garden Products, will show you how the key to gardening success begins with the soil and why our northern Nevada soil (which is really dirt) needs to be amended and fed. She will also share the many benefits of organic mulch, convincing you that it is indeed a miracle worker. Gisele's wealth of gardening wisdom is drawn from her experiences as an ornamental horticulturist, interiorscape business owner, horticultural therapist and gardener.
This seminar is a must for everyone who wants to grow anything in their yard, no matter where you live!
September 17: Fall Container Demonstration
Join Moana's award-winning Floral Designer Gigi Williams for a demonstration on how to design and plant a fall container that will last until November.  Containers are Gigi's specialty and she loves trying out new plant combinations. You'll be provided with a plant list and planting & design tips that you can apply to your own creations. Demonstration will be held at the Moana Lane Store instead of in the Landscape & Design Center.
September 24: the Fine Art of Growing Garlic
Join Master Gardener and Garlic Connoisseur Earstin Whitten to learn how to grow garlic successfully in the northern Nevada. Topics will include soil preparation, cultivation, harvesting, propagation and curing garlic. Earstin's specialty is growing heirloom organic garlic. He will have a few recipes to share as well
October 1: Welcome to Nevada Gardening
Are you looking for information on how to succeed at gardening, despite the challenges of our northern Nevada environment? Plant doctor & horticulturist Lisa Braginton will discuss soils, best watering practices, and some of the plants that survive and even thrive here. We'll share proven tips and commiseration!
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.

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 - Here's one ...
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.

Announcing 2nd Half September Savings ... Effective September 16th thru September 30th, 2016 Only!

Moana Rewards Member Only Special: September 16 - 30, 2016
15% Savings on All Windchimes*
*Excludes Temple Bells
Applies to full priced stock on hand. 
High Desert Landscape Specials*
          September 16- 30, 2016
      20% Savings on All
#15 Austrian Pine (reg.132)
#15 'Autumn Blaze' Maple (reg. 132)
#5 'Goldfinger' Potentilla (reg. 32)
#5 'Snowmound' Spiraea (reg. 32)
G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner (reg. 14.99)
*Applies to full-priced Moana-grown trees & shrubs in stock.

20% Savings on All Perennials
Applies to full priced stock on hand.

These specials begin on Friday, September 16th. 

Plan & Plant tool for you!
(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. Combine this DIY tool with our High Desert Plant Finder and Guide for even more help.

Our website is filled with local gardening & landscaping advice to make you comfortable gardening and landscaping in our high desert. 

Fall Planting
Thanks you for reading our newsletter.  We have the best neighbors in the world!  Our final reminder as we head into fall ... FALL IS THE BEST TIME TO PLANT! 
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