Please click here to read email if not displayed below:
http://acersgardencenter.com/news/16/45/

Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 16.45 Acer's Florist & Garden Center November 11, 2016

Download our App today!
Get your first reward when you download!

Tap the App For:
- A list of services and products
- Exclusive specials and offers
- Updates and notifications
- Digital punch card rewards

Google App
Click Here
Apple App
Click Here
centerpiece

Order Your Thanksgiving Centerpiece Now


To see more of our beautiful centerpieces, visit our website at www.acersflorist.com

20% off fall gift items
decor

buy 2 garden stakes and get the 3rd free

Holiday Decor

Holiday Gifts and
Decorations are Arriving!

Holiday Decor

Fall plants and decor have arrived

Fall products have arrived

Plant Now

Hanging Baskets and Baskets

Hanging Baskets and Baskets

Plants
Great Selection Of
Mums and Pansies
Nursery Stock

Chimineas
Fire pits
Long Island's largest selection of
Chimineas and Fire Pits!
Keep the evening chill at bay while your family and friends are over to play!
 

 Coupon
Click to Print

Do you know that Acer's offers free
computerized landscape design?
Call (631) 343-7123 or send pics to Jim@acersgardencenter.com.


Landscape
 
 
Gardening Tips for November
  1. Cover strawberry beds with 2" of straw (not hay). This will protect the plants from cold and winds, control weeds and warm the soil earlier in the spring.
  2. Clean up all fallen leaves from blueberry beds, then add a 2" thick layer of pine needles, straw or pine bark mulch around the plants. This will insulate the roots during the winter.
  3. Sharpen, clean and repair all hand tools before storing them.
  4. If rainfall has been light, deeply water all trees and shrubs before the ground freezes.
  5. Protect any half-hardy shrubs by surrounding them with a wire cage and cover them with a thick layer of dry leaves.
  6. Wrap the trunks of young trees to protect their tender bark from frost injury.
  7. If you haven't already, cut grass low to prevent mold from forming under snow cover.
  8. After the ground freezes, cover perennials with mulch; this will prevent frost-thaw cycles from heaving them out of the ground.
  9. Turn the compost pile and add water if it feels dry.
  10. Prune roses back to 8"-12" tall, mound compost around the bud union and cover with a rose cone.
  11. If you are planning to plant a live Christmas tree, dig the hole now before the ground freezes.
  12. Continue raking and shredding leaves to add to the compost pile.
  13. Mulch plants you want to overwinter with a thick layer of straw.
  14. Last chance to plant spring-blooming bulbs such as daffodils and tulips.
  15. If you didn't do it last month, cut back perennials, clean all beds of leaves and weeds and edge your lawn.
  16. Don't feed your houseplants through the winter, but give them as much light as possible.
  17. Clean the foliage of houseplants that will tolerate it (those with smooth, un-fuzzy leaves). Wash both sides. This removes the dust, which allows them to breathe better; it also gives you a great opportunity to check for insects.
  18. Make sure you allow your houseplants to dry out between waterings; they do not use as much water in winter as they do in the spring.

Click to print this article.



Making Your Holiday Cactus Bloom

Holiday cacti are not hard to take care of, if you remember not to overwater them; getting them to bloom on time is a bit more complex.

Here's how to do it:
In order for these plants to form flower buds for holiday blooms, they need extended darkness for at least four weeks.

Place the plant in a dark room or keep it covered (under a box or bag works fine) for at least 12 hours a day.

When buds appear (it usually takes around four weeks), the darkening schedule can stop.

As the buds get larger, move the plant gradually to where it will be displayed for the holiday, avoiding extreme temperature or lighting changes.

Continue to water and feed while the plant is budding and blooming. Water only when the soil is completely dry--these plants do not like soggy roots.

Click to print this article.

 
Garden Primer

Why don't people use cow manure as much nowadays?

Answer:
Because it's smelly and no fun to handle! Actually, steer manure has always been considered a good cheap fertilizer, and many old timers still swear by it. The problem is that uncomposted steer and chicken manure are high in salts, which can burn (or even kill) plants while raising the pH of the soil. Uncomposted manure is also offensive to your neighbors' noses, unless you live on a large lot out in the country. Fresh manure can also carry diseases and parasites.

With the advent of so many great all-organic fertilizers, there's really no need to add manure to your garden. You can get much better and more balanced results with regular feedings of organic plant foods, without the manure.

If you really want to use manure on (or near) your food garden, please use sterilized/composted manure. It's much safer than fresh, and doesn't have as much odor.

Click to print this article.

 
2077 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
631-343-7123
www.acersgardencenter.com
Open Monday-Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM