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The High Desert Gardener
           September 1, 2017: Volume 09.17
  Happy Labor Day ... Weed it & Reap

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Contact Information:  Email us at
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  
Monday - 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, Tree Land & Moana Rock.

The Florist at Moana Lane is closed Sunday (except Mother's Day & Easter Sunday) but great arrangements are 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
CA Lic. #317448


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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 

Pink Beauty Potentilla

Helmond Pillar Barberry

Jade Cross Brussel Sprouts

Darley Sunshine Graptosedum

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.

Tommyco Garden Kneelers

BurnOut Weed and Grass Killer

Mosquito Beater for standing water application

Mosquito Beater Area Repellent

Sterling WHY Rescue Traps
Dramm Nozzels

Repels Burrowing Animals

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Grow More Orchid Food
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Bartlett Pears

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Uni-Gro Potting Soils


Timely, Local High Desert Tips
Now is the time to ...  
  • Fall ... Best Time To Plant! Click to see why.
  • Fertilize lawn with G&B Organics Lawn Fertilizer if you haven't done so yet.
  • 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 Soil Building Conditioner.
  • Put out wild bird blocks to feed those large recently hatched families of quail and other ground feeding birds.
  • Purchase spring blooming bulbs now for best selection, but don't plant any until later in October and November.
  • Plant trees, shrubs and perennials - fall is the best time to plant. Be sure to mulch with G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner.
  •  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 Soil Building Conditioner or feed with a slow release fertilizer like G&B Organics All Purpose or Gro- Power Toss'n'Gro.

New Arrivals:
Ivory Halo Dogwood

Trees: Dura-Heat Birch.

Shrubs: 'Ivory Halo' Dogwood, 'Manhattan' Euonymus, 'Pink Beauty' Potentilla, 'Helmond Pillar' Barberry.

Annuals - plant every year: 'Sorbet Fire' Viola, 'Denim' Pansy, 'Dynasty Red' Ornamental Cabbage, 'Silver Dust' Dusty Miller.

Perennials - plant once and enjoy year after year: 'Fire Spinner' Delosperma, 'Champagne' Heuchera, 'Plum Smokey' Verbascum, 'Lucifer' Crocosmia.

Veggies: 'Ruby Perfection' Cabbage, 'Vates Dwarf Blue' Kale, 'Jade Cross' Brussel Sprouts, 'Destiny' Broccoli.

Dura-Heat Birch
Manhattan Euonymus
Sorbet Fire Viola
Silver Dust Dusty Miller

Denim Pansy
Dynasty Red Ornamental Cabbage
Fire Spinner Delosperma
Champagne Heuchera
Lucifer Crocosmia
Plum Smoky Verbascum
Destiny Broccoli
Vates Dwarf Blue Kale
Ruby Perfection Cabbage

Melody's Featured Pots for September

Perfect for the last weeks of summer heat and beyond.  In cool grey tones with white butterfly, dragonfly, and flower motifs, these pots are striking and fit with any decor. 

They come in two different sizes, a 5" x 5" or a 6" x 7".

Karma's Red Hot Special - Save 50% on Bush Doctor Sledge Hammer:
Removes salt buildup and encourages water movement through soil.  Helpful for high boron situations and on dog urine spots.  


Carmel's Wild Birds Unlimited Product of the Month . . .  
Advanced Pole System Basic Set Up

Everything you need to get started for creating your very own backyard bird feeding station!  Comes with pole, stabilizer, double crook arm and chickadee finial.  Makes a great gift for birding


Debbie's Shrub of the Month: 'Ivory Halo' Dogwood

This compact, variegated dogwood provides colorful leaves all summer and striking red twigs in winter. It is easy to grow in sun or shade and its smaller size makes it a great choice for smaller spaces.

Bree's Plant of the Month: Hardy Hibiscus
Hardy hibiscus create huge colorful blooms and are extremely easy to grow. All they ask for is full sun, decent soil and some infrequent pruning. They grow well in colder climates to zone 4. Created from a few little-known wild North American hibiscus species, they will light up any spot in the garden. This hardy perennial dies back to the ground after the first hard frost, but will return each spring.

Special Tributes from The Florist at Moana Nursery . . .

Distinctive and unique floral arrangements to convey your feelings of sympathy and remembrance.  If you need assistance in designing a personal tribute please call 775-825-0671.

Carmel's September High Desert Bird of the Month:        
Mountain Chickadee   
Scientific name: Poecile gambeli

Like all chickadees, the Mountain Chickadee has striking black-and-white markings on the head and gray elsewhere. The white stripe over the eye identifies Mountain Chickadees from all other chickadees. They are tiny, large-headed birds with small bills, with a long, narrow tail and full, rounded wings.
The Mountain Chickadee is found in the dry, mountainous forests of the West. The similar Black-capped Chickadee often occurs along streams and in broad-leaved trees, while Mountain Chickadees stick to the evergreens on higher slopes.
They are common across most of the evergreen forests of western mountains, particularly pine, mixed conifer, spruce-fir, and pinyon-juniper forests. Mountain Chickadees use conifers heavily, typically leaving deciduous stands to the Black-capped Chickadee. The exception is in nesting, when Mountain Chickadees will seek out any available aspen trees for their soft, easily excavated wood.

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.  

Bree's September Planting Tips:
  • Plant perennials seeds now.
  • Plant winter Pansies, Violas, Ornamental Kale & Cabbage, Asters & Chrysanthemums now to add color to the garden as summer flowers fade away.
  • Purchase spring blooming bulbs now while selection is best. Plant after soil temperatures drops below 60 degrees this fall: Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Iris, Anemone, Snow Drops, Crocus and others. Dig, drop, done for spring color that returns every year & often increases in numbers!

50th Anniversary Specials - - Sept. 1 - 15, 2017  
50% Savings* on One of Each of the Following Five Specials: 
  • #1 'Hidcote' Lavender (reg. 10.99)
  • #5 'Katherine Dykes' Potentilla (reg. 34)   
  • 5.5 lb. Quail Block (reg. 11.99)
  • Any size G&B Organics Liquid Fertilizer                (reg. 21.99/56)
  • 3" Mini Pot (reg. 7.99)
Applies to full priced merchandise in stock.
Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.


High Desert Landscape Specials**
20% Savings on each,  September 1 - 15 
  • #15 'Celebration' Maple (reg. 134)
  • #15 'Chanticleer' Flowering Pear (reg. 134)  
  • #3 'Royal Purple' Smokebush (reg. 34) 
  • #5 Burning Bush (reg. 34) 
  • 3 cu.ft. G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner  (reg. 14.99)
**Applies to full-priced Moana-grown trees & shrubs in stock.


All September 1st to 15th Specials Here.

Wild Birds Unlimited
Freshest Bird Seed in Town   

Red Hot Prices Sept. 1 - 15

  • Stackable NM Naturally Nuts Suet:  Reg. 3.99
    Sale 2.99
  • NM Nuts and Berry Suet Cake:  Reg 3.49
    Sale 2.49

Moana Rock - Boulders Galore
Moana Rock has a substantial inventory of boulders in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and rock types. Boulders may be used for both functional and decorative purposes:
  • Place large boulders to create barriers to prevent vehicle access.
  • Core and plumb boulders for use as water features.
  • Use boulders to add color and topographic accents to any landscape design.
Delivery and placement service for boulders, as well as coring for water features are available from Moana Rock, located at our South Virginia location.
Call 825-0602 x219.   


Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business 
Our Potting Shed at the Moana Lane location is open; please inquire about drop-off container services at our Moana Lane Store or the Landscape Design Center -- 825-0602 x134.
Other services include:
  • Plant Based Garden Design, Installation and Maintenance
  • Specialty Gardens
  • Annual Bedding Color
  • Custom On-Site Exterior Container Plantings
  • Potting Shed Drop-Off Container and Event Services
  • Seasonal and Holiday Decorating
For information or estimates on our other services, call 825-0602 x134. 

Interior Plant Services:  
Commercial, Residential and 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.

 Seminars Resume in September.   
September 9:  Fall Container Workshop for Novices and Experienced Gardeners    
Join Moana Nursery Color Buyer Bree Lake and Sales Associate/Color Specialist Michelle Cartnick to learn the essentials of creating a living container plus design and planting tips you can apply anywhere in your garden.  You'll leave with a 10" dia. /3 gallon container complete with spillers, fillers and thriller which can easily be popped into an urn or pot you already own.

Workshop cost is $35 or $45 and includes all the materials necessary.  Must sign up and pay 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 Thursday, September 7 or when full, whichever comes first.  Bring your gloves or come early and purchase a pair.
September 16: 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.

September 23: Attract More Birds to Your Backyard
Fall is the best time to create a bird habitat that birds will love and so will you.  Join our Wild Birds Unlimited Manager Carmel Hilton to learn the bird habitat basics and then take a walk through the nursery yard to see the trees, shrubs & other plants that provide food and shelter for birds.  Also included is a brief tour of the birding department to see the latest in feeders, foods & birdbaths. 
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) 825-0600 for more information.

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  • Bi-weekly Timely Tips
  • Helpful High Desert Videos
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Seminars
  • Weekly Specials
  • High Desert Plant Finder & Guide 
  • And much more ...
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