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The High Desert Gardener
            August 1, 2018: Volume 08.18
Weed It and Reap! 
Contact Information:  Email us at
Moana Lane Garden Center 
The Florist, Greenhouse & Gift Shop   
1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno

S. Virginia St. Garden Center  
Tree Land & Moana Rock 
11301 S. Virginia St., Reno 

New Sparks Location  
Pyramid Way Garden Center 
Sparks Nursery & Greenhouse
3397 Pyramid Way, 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 before Valentine's Day, 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
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rdscapes, Maintenance & Water Features
1190 W. Moana Lane, Reno
775-825-0602 X 134
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Feature Products:
For planting success, we recommend using these three products when planting or transplanting all plants:
Superthrive, G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner and G&B Organics Starter or Paradise Fertilizers 

See All the Grapes ... Vanessa_ Concord and more on sale, shown here.

Succulents in a log

Disease Control
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"Helps plants bounce back and thrive" 

Growing Cold Hardy, High Desert Trees, Shrubs & Perennials. Spring looks quite different!

The trees are happy to see spring come, too!

Timely, Local High Desert Tips edited Lisa Braginton-RGB
Now is the time to ...             
Yellowing 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.
Pest Alert
Root Weevils are having a field day on numerous shrubs & peonies - you'll know you have them by their tell-tale notching of the leaves. To control, treat with a combination of Bonide Systemic Granule Insect Control with Bonide Eight. Make a note to apply Beneficial Nematodes next spring to control the weevils in their larval stage.
  • Mulch, mulch, mulch with G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner, Compost or Planting Mixes
  • Heat stressed trees will drop some leaves to conserve moisture. Additional watering and mulching will help somewhat in this situation.
  • Watch closely for signs of scorch on tender new foliage - the margins (edges) of leaves turn brown and crispy - indicating lack of water and/or exposure to hot, drying winds.
  • Water infrequently and deeply - not frequently and lightly. Early morning is always the best time to water 4 am - 11 am are ideal. Click here for How to Water for Healthy Plants.
  • Pruning is generally not advised this month, with the exception of shrubs that have just flowered; prune immediately following their flowering.  

Attention Moana Nursery Rewards Members: 
Rewards Certificates were mailed July 6th. Please contact us at if you think you earned one and have not received it. Remember, the amount of your reward is based on retail purchases from January 1 thru June 30, 2018 with a minimum purchase of $100 to earn a Rewards Certificate. All certificates expire on August 31, 2018. To view the 2018 brochure and read about eligibility, please click here.  
Rewards Member Only August 2018 Special:
15% Savings on 
 Outdoor* Fountains! 

Many Choices ... thru August 31st.
*In-stock & regular retail priced items.

New Arrivals for High Desert Success:
Moana-grown Hops

Vines: Moana-grown Hops: 'Centennial', 'Chinook', 'Galena' & Mt. Hood.
Shrubs: 'Asian Moon' Butterfly Bush.
Trees: 'Bloodgood' Japanese Maple.
Perennials (plant once and enjoy year after year): 'Marmalade' Echinacea, 'Pure Silver' Veronica, 'Sizzling Igloo' Dendranthema.
Annual Grasses (plant every year): 'Fireworks' & 'Rubrum' Pennisetum.

Asian Moon Butterfly Bush
Japanese Maple Bloodgood
Pure Silver Veronica

Marmalade Echinacea
Sizzling Igloo Dendranthema
Rubrum Pennisetum
Fireworks Pennisetum

Purple Dome Aster
4 More, New Moana-grown "Best Value" 9.99  
#1 Perennials
  • 'Purple Dome' Aster
  • 'Goldsturm' Rudbeckia
  • 'Autumn Joy' Sedum
  • 'Georgia Blue' Veronica
Autumn Joy Sedum


Goldsturm Rudbeckia

Georgia Blue Veronica

New Selection of Corinthian Bells Windchimes
These chimes present a rich, full chord to its listeners and the resonance of tone begins a descent into deeper tones.  Each chime is hand tuned to a different musical note based on its size.  Visually and acoustically, these chimes are exceptional.  All are proudly designed and manufactured in the USA.

"Succulents are Hot, Hot, Hot," says Moana's Florist Guru
If there's one fast growing trend in plant arrangements, it's the world of succulent gardens. They're immensely easy to grow and maintain, almost impossible to kill, thrive in dry environments and require very little water. Best of all they are simply beautiful and lend themselves to whatever shape style or arrangement you have in mind.
The Florist at Moana Nursery loves combing unique structures with a beautiful array of succulents, mosses, bark and pebbles.  Please visit us to design your own one of a kind succulent art or call us at 775-825-0671 to deliver an easy care succulent garden to a special someone!   Mention this newsletter blurb for a 15% discount on a custom succulent garden!  

Sloggers - Worn by Many Moana Nursery Teammates  
Sloggers are the best all-around garden shoe and come in fun colorful prints.  Very comfortable and waterproof, they can be hosed off or washed in the sink. 

Stella d'Oro Daylily singleSpecial Sale Held Over Thru August!

Our most popular high desert perennial ...

Moana-grown #1  Stella d'Oro Daylily ...
Reg. 9.99 ... Now 4.99

Cannot be combined with other discounts. 

See all August Savings Here

Flexrake Tools & Dramm Nozzles - Lifetime Guarantees
We proudly stand behind our Flexrake tools and Dramm nozzles.  If your tool breaks or your nozzle leaks we will replace it hassle-free for life!


Debbie's High Desert Shrub of the Month:

Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon or Althea)
Depending on the variety, it can grow 3-8' tall and spread 3-10' (can be trimmed after its done blooming to keep shorter) and can be trained or purchased as a small tree. Rose of Sharon puts on a beautiful show of hibiscus flowers, single or double, in the summer and fall, and comes in many colors.

Carmel's August High Desert Bird of the Month:  
California Quail   

Scientific name:  
Callipepla californica          
The California Quail is a handsome, round soccer ball of a game bird with a small head and bill and a distinctive, curled black head plume in both sexes. Its wings are short and very broad and tail is fairly long and square. Adult males are rich gray and brown, with a black face outlined with bold white stripes. Females are a plainer brown and lack the facial markings. Both sexes have a pattern of white, cream, and chestnut scales on the belly. Young birds look like females but have a shorter topknot. Legs and feet are gray in both. Though the topknot looks like a single feather, it is actually a cluster of six overlapping plumes.
California Quail lay 12 to 16 eggs in a shallow ground depression lined with grass. (Some nests can contain as many as 28 eggs which may be the result of females laying eggs in nests other than their own, a behavior known as "egg-dumping.")

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.  

High Desert Moana-Grown
Landscape Specials

20% Savings on Each:
#15 'Sun Valley' Red Maple        (reg. 152)
#15 Double Pink Weeping Cherry (reg. 152)
#5 'Sapphire Surf' Spiraea (reg. 37)
#5 Grapes (reg. 42)
'Concord,' 'Canadice,' 'Himrod,'   'Suffolk,' 'Vanessa'
3 cu ft. G&B Organics Soil Building Conditioner (reg.14.99)

Suffolk Red

Freshest Bird Seed in Town
Red Hot Seed Special 
20# Safflower  27.99 Reg./24.99 Sale
Birds LOVE it, squirrels do not!  
20# Med. Sunflower Chips                 39.99 Reg./36.99 Sale
Great all around favorite! 

 And ... 
40% Savings on All Summer Annuals & Hanging Baskets
All Specials limited to stock on hand.  Discounts on regular retails only.  Selection and specials Aug. 1 - 31, 2018.  In-store specials, too - all three stores!

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. They require minimal attention, grow upright or trailing and are drought tolerant. 'Autumn Joy' bursts with bright magenta blooms and can be used in dried floral arrangements.

Hot Pepper Seed Cylinders to Feed Birds ...           NOT Squirrels          
If you are looking to feed just the birds without the expense of feeding squirrels, hot pepper may be the problem solver for you. Your favorite birds will enjoy the Hot Pepper Seed Cylinder, yet squirrels typically will not.

Made of tree nuts, black oil sunflower, sunflower chips, peanuts, and hot pepper, the Hot Pepper Seed Cylinder is perfect for enticing a wide variety of birds to your yard, while deterring squirrels. Try offering a Hot Pepper Seed Cylinder on one of our seed cylinder feeders or in our
Dinner Bell Feeder and watch your birds chow down.

Bree's Timely Planting/Gardening Tips for August:
  • Check hanging baskets and containers daily -- be sure to water thoroughly and deeply each time you water. To keep lush all summer, feed with G&B Organics High Bloome liquid with each watering.
  • Remove dead flowers on your annuals and perennials to encourage more flowering.   
  • Continue harvesting herbs to use fresh, dry, or freeze in small batches in ice cube tray. Pinch off developing flowers to retain essential oils and flavor in the plants' foliage.

 Upcoming Events 
Seminars Resume in September ... Have a great summer!
August 16Raise the River Fundraiser - -
A Sensory Experience to Benefit KTMB (Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful)              
The evening offers a sensory experience with local craft drinks and interactive sensory activities, along with a local-focused, sit-down dinner in the garden and great local music. Moana Nursery is sponsoring the Sense of Sight and partnering with Seven Troughs Distilling which will be serving Mint Juleps. Event is for ages 21 and over. 
From 5:30 - 8 pm Sensory Garden in Idlewild Park, Reno
                            Tickets at   
Upcoming Seminars  
September 8: Essential Oils for Your Mind, Body, Soul and Even Your Garden
The benefits of essential oils, found naturally in a variety of different plants, have been known and used for thousands of years for healing, relaxation, aromatherapy and more by cultures around the world.  Even plants benefit from their own essential oils which protect them from harmful pests like rodents, insects and more.  Join Corie Keyes, doterra Wellness Advocate, to learn what essential oils are, how to use them properly and the many ways they can be used in your garden.
September 15: 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.
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.  

Moana Rock ... The Landscape Rock Superstore!

Specialized "Slinger Truck" Services ...
for fast and efficient spreading of many materials like crushed rock, gravel, road base, etc.

Ideal for:
  • Driveways.
  • Parking areas.
  • Construction and/or landscaping projects where large areas need to be covered.
  • Areas requiring rock fill which are inaccessible by other equipment.
The Slinger Truck uses a system of conveyors to "sling" rock into place, allowing large areas to be covered quickly. The ability to extend the conveyor to "sling" rock up to 25 feet from the truck box allows reach into otherwise inaccessible areas.
For further information regarding the Slinger Truck rock spreading service, please call the Moana Rock Business Team Leader at: (775) 691-1220 to schedule or learn more.
Moana Rock is located directly behind our South Virginia St. Garden Center.

Moana Nursery's High Desert Gardener Services for Residential & Business  
For information or estimates on any of our services, call 825-0602 x134.
  • 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
Interior Plant Services:  
Commercial, Residential and Custom Resort Projects   
Visit our new Pyramid Way Greenhouse to see examples of green walls and more of Vicky's work featured in this photo.
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.

Relocated Sparks Pyramid Way Garden Center      
We are excited to show off our bigger, better garden center with more selection, a huge greenhouse & an expanded Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop.

        3397 Pyramid Way ... (775) 425-4300   
Easy Access with dedicated turn lanes on to Queen Way at the light, just north of the store, right into our expanded parking lot. 

Visit any time to get expert gardening information ... 24/7!
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  • Bi-weekly Timely Tips
  • Helpful High Desert Videos
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Seminars
  • Weekly Specials
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  • And much more ...
An Updated, 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.
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Have you seen all our new "how to" videos? This one is "How to Plant a Tree in the High Desert" with our plant doctor Lisa. 
Follow this link below to all our videos which are designed for quick viewing and "how to" high desert assistance. We are adding to our video collection weekly so check back often:   

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