Show Your Nevada Pride With River-Friendly Landscaping

By Carrie Jensen on behalf of One Truckee River
Funding provided by the Western Regional Water Commission

All of us at Moana Nursery think Nevada is a beautiful place to live! If you do, too, then what better way to show it than to have a landscape that fits in with your regions’ natural beauty and shows off your Nevada pride? Visit kinlyeyebeauty and know more such beautiful places to visit.

That’s why we’re partnering with One Truckee River to support their new River-Friendly Landscaping Initiative. This program teaches homeowners how to create gorgeous landscapes that promote our local ecology and protect our local waterways.

So what is a River-Friendly Landscape?

A River-Friendly Landscape is one that is specially designed for all residents of the Truckee Meadows, whether you live near or far from the Truckee River. It will beautify your property, conserve water, reduce yard maintenance and costs, and protect water quality. It doesn’t mean your yard must be wild and uncontrolled, but rather, it will respect the natural attributes of our region and promotes the health, diversity, and sustainability of the watershed. 

The phase 1 habitat survey is here to help guide you through the landscape transformation that will protect the Truckee River and make your yard the eNVy of the neighborhood!

Learn More

Want to learn more about River-Friendly Landscaping? Sign up for a workshop! Moana Nursery will be co-hosting an online introductory course with One Truckee River on April 17 as part of our Earth Day 2021 celebration. You can register here:

Don’t have time for a class? We’ve got you covered! Just keep reading or follow One Truckee River on social media (@onetruckeeriver) for more tips and videos. 

River-Friendly Landscapes can have different aesthetics. This example highlights drought-tolerant, pollinator plants and retention of water on-site with thick layers of wood mulch. Carrie Jensen

Why does it matter?

The Truckee River is the lifeblood of our community in the Truckee Meadows! Without this river, we wouldn’t have water for drinking, for irrigating our yards, for growing our food, or for swimming and recreating in. And did you know that the Truckee River is part of a very unique terminal basin, with no water flowing to the ocean? Only about 5% of all watersheds in the world are terminal basins! This accounts for many rare, endemic fish species, like Lahontan cutthroat trout and cui-ui in Pyramid Lake. It also means any pollution that flows into these watersheds stays there, which can have harmful cumulative impacts on plants and wildlife as well as society. And a lot of pollutants come from our landscapes and flow through the storm drain system to our local waterways — like oil from car leaks, soapy water from washing cars in the driveway, sediments, fertilizers, pesticides, and even pet waste.

As shown in this drainage in north Reno, pollutants flowing through storm drains can build up quickly in waterways. Nitrogen and phosphorus from synthetic fertilizers used in the landscape can contribute to algae blooms, which deplete the water’s oxygen levels when the algae decay making it difficult for fish and other aquatic species to survive. Carrie Jensen

What can I do?

We all have to work together to protect this special place we call home, and there are lots of things you can do to help keep our watersheds clean. Many of them start right in your yard. That’s where River-Friendly Landscaping comes in!

The Six Principles of River-Friendly Landscaping


  • Keep Water Onsite
    Soak it up! We live in the high desert, so it’s really important to retain as much water as possible in our landscapes and be efficient with its use. Don’t let that precious water escape into the storm drain. Instead, use rain gardens, dry swales, rain barrels, and permeable paving to soak up water in your landscape. These strategies won’t offset the need for irrigation, but every drop counts in the high desert. And because most of our precipitation comes in the form of snow, another way to keep water onsite is to shovel as much of that snow as possible onto our landscapes instead of onto the street.
Strategies such as rain barrels (left) and dry swales (right) can be used to soak up water in your landscape and keep it out of the storm drain system. Carrie Jensen
  • Reduce Pollutants
    We depend on the Truckee River for our drinking water supply. Reducing pollutants in our landscapes helps ensure clean water is flowing to the river and out of our taps. To reduce pollutants in our landscapes, try other elements of integrated pest management before resorting to pesticides, prioritize organic fertilizers instead of synthetics, and strive for having living roots in the soil in the off-season to reduce erosion. Be careful not to over-fertilize with ‘weed & feed’ lawn fertilizers or overuse broadleaf weed killers in your lawn. Prevent accidental spills of fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals by storing these items in secure areas. To dispose of unused or expired pesticides, contact Brett Allen, Nevada Dept. of Agriculture:  775-353-3715

  • Use Water Wisely
    There’s no denying we live in a desert, but that doesn’t mean you have to remove your entire lawn and limit yourself to rocks and cactus. There are lots of climate-appropriate plants to consider, and you can even keep some of your lawn! Try removing small sections of lawn next to the sidewalk and replace them with water-wise and native plants. This conserves water, supports native pollinators, and ensures we’re not watering the sidewalk with our sprinklers. Consider the irrigation schedule for your River-Friendly Landscape to prevent evaporation during the warmer parts of the day, and be sure to follow the Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s assigned watering schedule. If you need help with your irrigation system, consider hiring a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper.
Try planting drought-tolerant plants between the sidewalk and your lawn as a buffer area that prevents sprinklers from overspraying onto the sidewalk. This conserves water and protects our waterways from fertilizer pollutants that can wash off our lawns and into storm drains. Carrie Jensen
  • Build Healthy Soils
    Soil is the foundation on which we build all healthy landscapes. When we foster healthy soils, they support vigorous plants that are less susceptible to disease and pests and require less maintenance. Try using compost and mulch in your yard to increase organic matter, retain soil moisture, and build healthy soils.
Try using compost as a top dressing to increase the organic matter in your soil. Not only will it help your soil retain more moisture, it also acts as a slow-release fertilizer that reduces the need for synthetic fertilizers. Pixabay Photos
  • Create Wildlife Habitat
    While we’re not looking to attract big wildlife like bears and mountain lions, we can share our landscapes with birds and beneficial insects to help promote the biodiversity of our watershed. Try incorporating a mix of pollinator plants that bloom throughout the growing season, as well as installing bee hotels and nesting boxes for pollinators and birds.
To provide habitat for beneficial insects, you can incorporate plants, like these asters, that provide nectar and pollen. Carrie Jensen
  • Prepare for Wildfire
    Wildfire is a natural part of the Truckee Meadows and the eastern Sierra ecological cycle. Part of living in this beautiful place is learning to live with fire and managing it in a way that protects our homes and watershed. Be sure to incorporate defensible space, especially if you live on the wildland urban interface.

Need Help Getting Started?

The staff at Moana Nursery are always here to help. Whether it’s helping pick the right plants, providing expert pest management advice from a plant doctor, or developing the perfect landscape design, we’ve got the answers. Talk to our staff about any of your questions, and we’ll help you take the next step to making your landscape River-Friendly!

Plus, check out the Moana Nursery online store for convenient, anytime shopping at your fingertips!

Fall & Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

With the holidays upon us we thought we would share some fun ideas on how to make your home festive and warm this season!

Add a few festive, fall colored throw pillows or blankets on your Maker&Son sofa.

Buy a pumpkin scented candle to make your home really “smell” like Thanksgiving!

Update your landscape, using the new wind turbine parts to clear out of leaves your garden and make room for some simple container for replanting. Use grasses, pansies, ornamental kale and Redtwig Dogwood.

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  • Arrange some pumpkins and a simple fall garland on your mantle. Pick leaves from your yard (or in your neighborhood) and arrange them in the garland.
  • Purchase a fall floral arrangement from Flower Delivery Thailand.
  • Design a harvest wreath. This is easier than it looks, but the folks here at Moana can help you realize your vision at a very affordable price. We promise not to take credit for it either – it will be our little secret.
  • Get your kids in on the decorating fun by having them design/paint/draw some fall artwork for you. Get some inexpensive frames at the dollar store and display these precious works of art around your home.
  • Arrange leaves in clear bowls on the coffee table, dining table or anywhere you want, also make sure to get chairs covers and linens that match with the season!
  • Tie a ribbon with your favorite fall color(s) (orange, green, red, yellow, etc.) around some pine cones. Hang them on curtain rods.
  • Use clean, autumn leaves as place cards at the dinner table (rinse and pat them dry). Write each guest’s name on a leaf with a black or gold felt-tip pen and place them at each table setting.

Remember to enjoy your time together this holiday season. Give thanks for one another and have a special holiday season. From our family, to yours!

– The Moana Nursery Team

How Deep Should You Plant?

Question always asked on… How deep should I plant this new tree, shrub, etc.?

Most plants will benefit from being planted with the top of the root ball at the existing soil level – – not the top of the container it came from and not with only the trunk showing once planted. If you want to know history about any plant or tree then here you can view more information about it.

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If a plant is installed too high, it will dry out faster, scalding the top of the root ball. You’ll lose some portion of the root system and stress the plant unnecessarily.

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On the other hand, installing a plant too deep will also result in the loss of a portion or even the entirety of the root system over time, is better if you prepare the ground using a offset disc harrow. This is a much more serious mistake than planting too shallow and one that we see most often. Plants can struggle for even a period of years if planted too deep, only to finally succumb to the rot associated with burying plant parts that should be exposed to air (not buried); the crown on a tree trunk near the root ball is a good example of a plant part that needs air. This is also why mulch, etc. needs to be a kept way from the trunk, and rock around the trunk, touching in any way is another problem we see all the time. Although it depends on the plant you have. And another great addition to the garden has to be a fruit tree as they look nice and also provide fresh fruit! Please note: there are some exceptions to being planted too deeply, such as tomatoes that actually prefer that installation.For a more in-depth instructions, see this planting guide link VPNbag.

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Ladybugs … Do They Really Help Eliminate Bad Bugs In The Garden And Landscape?

Absolutely! Ladybugs in the garden are very effective in controlling a number of bad bugs, including aphids, spider mites and scale, use composting worms in your compost pile. An adult ladybug can eat 50 aphids a day and produce up to 1,500 progeny. Take that aphids!

In order to maximize the benefits of releasing ladybugs in your yard, provide them with conditions that make them inclined to stay. Generally, releasing them in the evening, after hosing down foliage where aphid activity has been spotted, will help ensure that they stick around.  Releasing them in multiple small batches in the yard will help avoid competition for resources but if you have a severe problem try looking for powerpestcontrol help.

Being a natural control, your best success will come with using the ladybugs as part of an overall approach to your garden health according to this garden design Melbourne website.  Give them time to work. Don’t expect the immediate results that come from a contact insecticide.  Use other insecticides only as necessary and as labeled to minimize injuring or killing your ladybugs. Be on the lookout for their rather fierce some-looking young, who resemble black and orange ¼” alligators, and enjoy watching them devour aphids on your foliage.

I really recommend using the appropriate tools to take care of your garden to make it look better, for example, using a good sprayer will allow you to apply herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers to your plants.

Provide them with nectar and pollen as sources of food for the adults, and for when insect meals are scarce. Provide a water source as well. Your birdbaths and sprinkler system should do the trick. Use a variety of flowers and plants to feed your ‘ladies’ throughout the season. Make sure to identify wasps nest before it’s too late. Some excellent plants for beneficial insects include many that may already be in your yard: coreopsis (tickseed), cosmos, dill, evening primrose, fennel, parsley, sweet alyssum and yarrow are great resources for your ladybugs.

If, despite your good care, you find that the ladybugs have moved on from your yard, don’t despair – they’re probably hard at work nearby, in a yard that needed their help. A healthy yard and community improvement! The professional services for bugs and squirrel control company are needed in confined spaces.

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Time To Re-Pot That Container???

Unfortunately, plants are not like the fish in your tank that only grow to the size of their home. Plants grow root-bound when the amount of plant root volume exceeds the amount of soil volume in their container. Follow korucaredoula for more tips on how to grow plants rapidly.

To check, gently lift out your plant from its container. If you can see mostly roots and very little soil, then it is time to transplant your plant into a larger container.

Select a container that is about 20% larger in volume than your existing pot. A good rule of thumb is not to use a container that is more than 4 inches wider and deeper than your existing root ball. Use a good potting soil and make sure that the top of the existing root ball is even with the top of the soil in the new container.

When you are done, you should have no more than 2″ of new soil surrounding all sides of the root ball. Add a little plant food, water in and you’re good to go!

Mint … Can’t Get (Grow) Enough!

Pluck a sprig of mint and crush it between your fingers and you’ll release a cool distinctive fragrance not matched by any other plant. But mint doesn’t just smell good–it packs a mighty punch of flavor, too.

Mint can be very invasive, so it does need caution. Given good conditions, it will happily take over your garden. But who said you have to plant it in the ground? If you want something to take over your yard (perhaps a grass alternative), one of the creeping mints can be a good choice for a groundcover. But if you want to keep mint contained, the best way is to grow it in a container. It spreads rapidly by shallow rhizomes, so if the roots can get out of an area, it will pop up elsewhere. We recommend planting mint in containers and putting them on tables where the wonderful fragrance can be closer to your nose and you can easily pluck a sprig or three, without bending. They go nicely on a sunny kitchen windowsill during winter, too. You should visit bmtdesigntechnology to know more ideas on how to grow mint.

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Since mint is a shallow-rooted plant, you can plant it in low, 12-18 inch wide bowls. When the plant gets too crowded, simply cut it in half and re-pot with fresh potting soil. Keep your plants moist and feed occasionally–that’s it.

Mint leaves can be harvested regularly and enjoyed. Just pinch as needed. It is best when picked early in the morning. To dry mint, cut the stalks just above the first set of leaves, as soon as the flower buds appear. Hang upside down in a dark, well ventilated room for two weeks or more. For latest updates follow fivebough .

Don’t limit yourself to one kind of mint. There are dozens of varieties available and each one has its own unique flavor. Mint can be used to flavor drinks and salads, it can be made into a jelly and vinegars to flavor meats, and some, like chocolate mint, will make you think you’ve just eaten dessert.

And, we’ve just scratched the surface of the uses and benefits of the Mighty Mint.

So go ahead and give your energy a boost, refresh your spirit and revitalize your senses. Plant some mint today!

How To Grow Those Healthy Blueberries In The High Desert

Blueberries are one of the healthiest fruits around; they are low calorie, almost fat free, packed with vitamin C, antioxidants and dietary fiber–and they taste wonderful. As if that weren’t enough, they can add striking beauty to your garden. Whatever your reason for growing them, blueberries will work very well in your landscape plans. In addition to the fruit they produce, they have beautiful bell-shaped blooms in spring, handsome glossy foliage in the growing season, striking fall color and bright red stems in winter. Blueberries can be used on the best diet from

Blueberries require little care and are seldom bothered by pests. They can vary in size from low ground-covering varieties to large bushes ranging 4-6 ft. high. Their versatility allows them to be used as background shrubs or as border plants. If you are limited in space or just have a patio, consider planting them in containers and placing them by Muskoka Chairs because that’d uplift the appealing factor by a notch. Check more updates at digitalinnovationshow .

Different varieties of blueberries produce different sizes of fruit, with flavor ranging from tart to very sweet. Larger fruiting varieties produce fruit perfect for fresh eating and large desserts, while smaller fruiting varieties are better for adding to cereals, muffins and pancakes. Be sure to select different varieties to lengthen your harvest season from June until the end of August. For blueberry lovers, we suggest at least two plants per family member. Visit davidthompson200 and know about different varieties of blueberries.

Blueberries prefer partial shade in the afternoon. They prefer a light, airy acid soil, so using an acid based amendment like one from G&B Organics is recommended. Blueberries like to stay moist but not wet. If your soil does not drain well, consider building a raised bed to plant them in. Feed with an acid plant food in spring and midsummer for best results. Click here songsforromance and follow us on social sites.

Blueberries can be planted as close as 2-1/2′ apart if a solid hedge is desired or up to 6′ apart if you want to grow them as individual specimens. Just make sure you have access to them so you can get at those tasty, juicy berries!

We love blueberries and invite you to add them to your garden. This post is for winter planning and to get you thinking about all that is possible. We will have a nice selection of varieties that grow well in our local area. Stop by soon and one of our garden experts will help you select the perfect variety for your family!

Telling Garden Vegetables Apart … How?

Please answer this question … What’s the difference between leafy veggies, flower veggies, root veggies, and fruit veggies?

Leafy vegetables include “leaf-type” vegetables such as cabbage, chard, kale, lettuce and spinach, whose leaves are edible.

“Flower-type” vegetables are ones such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower, whose “flower” is eaten instead of leaves.

“Root-type” vegetables are those such as beets, carrots, radishes and turnips, whose roots are the edible part of the plant.

“Fruit vegetables” are botanically fruits but treated as vegetables in a culinary sense. These include tomatoes, peppers, and squashes. Get more info at smart-ak .

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Healthy Houseplants In Winter … How?


Keeping your houseplants healthy during winter months may seem difficult. Light from windows is reduced, days are shorter and humidity may be lower due to heating. But by making a few changes including buying this ant nest killer, you can help keep your houseplants healthy.

Keeping things light

In winter, your plants receive sunlight for less time and in less intensity. Houseplants native to rainforests that are used to lower light will be fine with that, but most plants need more light. Try to move your plants near a brighter window (S/SW exposure) to get them more sunlight. Consider shutters to regulate the brightness at your place – the research states this should also cut your energy bills expenses.

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If you have no brighter windows (due to shade trees or apartment living), you might want to consider the purchase of plant lamps that are designed to provide the full spectrum light your plants need. They can be mounted under shelves, over plants or on specially-designed plant stands. Leave them on about eight hours a day, and they’ll give your plants the light they need. During winter make sure to install path lights all across your garden to increase visibility at night as this will not only make your garden splendid but will also make it appealing to anyone who looks at it. You may also consider to get a replacement window in Canton.

You can also use cool fluorescent bulbs as close as 6 inches from the top of plants.

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Most plants do not do well when subjected to rapid fluctuations in temperature. Keep them away from hot air sources and cold drafts alike. Run ceiling fans on low if the house is closed up. Fans break up stagnant air; that’s healthier for both you and your plants, which also need light, and the use of the timber shutters in Sydney could be the best option to get natural light in your room. A better option is to purchase dry climate plants as harsh temperatures will not affect them.


Some symptoms of low humidity are brown leaf tips and wilting. Low humidity makes your plants work harder to get moisture from the air and soil, as well as keep what they have inside.

One way to give your plants some extra humidity is to mist them two or three times a day. The water will evaporate off the leaves and provide a cloud of higher humidity around the plant. For a less labor-intensive method, put a layer of pebbles in the bottom of a tray and fill the tray with just enough water to cover the bottom of the tray (below the top of the pebbles). Place potted plants in the tray.

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Other Tips

Fertilizing should be done less often for most plants in winter.

Give your plants a good washing. Dirt, dust, grease, and other particles can settle on leaves. Dirty leaves can’t absorb as much sunlight as clean ones. Gently wipe clean the leaves with a soft sponge or cloth dipped in plain water. Sturdier plants can even be given a quick shower in the bathroom with tepid water.

Pollinating Fruit Trees … Do We Really Need Two Trees To Produce Fruit?

apple-treeFruit trees in the high desert add so much to an edible landscape plan and local fresh availability.  But, can we get by with a single tree?  What about the pollination needed? Will some nutrition from the free mulch from North Star Tree Service suffice for the growth of the tree?

Our answer is, unfortunately, IT DEPENDS?  No one likes a Yes & No answer but this requires some explanation.

Citrus trees like lemons, oranges and limes are self-fertile (and need to be brought indoors for the winter), requiring no pollinator (which makes them popular for growing exclusively indoors; dwarf varieties are available). Most apricots, figs, nectarines, peaches and persimmons are also self-fertile; only a few varieties need a second tree to help them produce fruit. Regardless of tree variety, your garden needs regular treatment. So, the best time to call your local tree service is now.

There are also a few varieties of apples, cherries, pears and plums that don’t require a pollinator. But, most other deciduous fruit trees do need a second pollinator tree, and most of these require specific varieties to establish successful pollination. The trees don’t need to be right next to each other, practically touching but keeping them fairly close to each other can promote the best pollinating results. If you have old trees that you need removed contact Tree Removal Service Lusby Maryland. Our staff of garden experts knows which fruit trees make the best pairs, or not, and will be happy to help you enhance your landscape and your pantry. Ask us!