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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 16.48 Acer's Florist & Garden Center December 1, 2016

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Christmas Holiday Centerpiece Now


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


baskets


Great selection of Gourmet Holiday Gift Baskets, including Stonewall


Give a Gourmet Basket as a gift or bring one to any occasion

Christmas Trees and Wreaths

Fresh trees and greens!
Wreaths, garlands,
door swags and more...

Winter Festival December 10, 11-4. Family Fun!

Acer's is working with the Make A Wish Foundation this holiday season.

A portion of all Christmas tree sales will go to this fantastic charity. Stop in today and spend your money in a Family-owned business that cares about the community they live in.



Holiday Decor
Holiday Decor

Amazing Christmas Gifts and
Decorations Arriving Daily!
Shop early for the best selection.


Holiday Plants

Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus, Cyclamen, and Holiday Plants.

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


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December Tips
  • Purchase poinsettias early in the month.
  • Protect new landscape plants from wind damage.
  • Prune hardy dormant deciduous trees, shrubs, and vines, if you haven't already done so.
  • Prune fall and winter-blooming shrubs and vines after bloom. Do not prune spring-blooming plants.
  • Water living Christmas trees.
  • Monitor houseplants for adequate water, fertilizer and humidity. Water and fertilizer requirements generally are less in winter; do not feed dormant houseplants at all.
  • Make sure outside plants have adequate soil moisture. Plants need moisture in winter, too.
  • Check stored bulbs for rot or fungus. Discard any that have problems.
  • Make holiday decorations from outdoor shrubs and trees.
  • Don't forget to turn your compost pile.
  • Tie up limbs of evergreens to prevent snow or ice breakage.
  • Start planning your spring garden!

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Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats can become a nuisance indoors when adults emerge in large numbers from potted plants containing consistently damp or wet soil. While the adults are harmless to humans and animals, the eggs they lay become larvae or maggots, and can damage plants.

African violets, carnations, cyclamens, geraniums, poinsettias and indoor foliage plants can be susceptible and show symptoms of sudden wilting, loss of vigor, poor growth, or leaf yellowing and foliage loss. The larvae feed not only on fungi and decaying organic matter, but on living plant tissue, particularly root hairs and small feeder roots.

Overwatering is the usual cause of fungus gnats, so it is important to focus attention there. It's best to allow the soil to dry as much as possible, without injury to the plants, as an effective natural way of controlling them. Another natural solution is to cover the soil with a one-inch layer of decorative rock, gravel, or sand.

An initial infestation can easily be controlled with an application of a pyrethrin spray. It helps to do at least one follow-up application 7-10 days later to break the breeding cycle.

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Getting Rid of Raccoons

If you're being awakened in the middle of the night to the sound of turned over garbage cans accompanied by high-pitched chirping sounds, chances are you've been paid a visit by those little bandits called raccoons.

Raccoons are generally active at night, when they are most likely to raid your garbage area, looking for discarded fruit, vegetables, and anything else that might make a tasty snack. Their contact with humans is normally motivated by two basic things: food and/or shelter. Getting rid of raccoons starts with securing the sources of these temptations, and if that doesn't deter them, there are a few other alternatives.

The key to keeping raccoons away is to make your home a less inviting place to visit. Keep your garbage cans sealed with bungee cords if stored outside, or store them in the garage or storage shed. Make sure all of your foundation and basement vents are in good shape and have no holes in them; otherwise, raccoons might nest under your home. If you have a dog or cat door into the garage, make sure not to store food or feed pets in there.

If you have taken care of the basics, and the pesky critters still want to hang out, you might want to consider a few other options. There are a number of humane traps that will help you trap them live and allow you to transport them to a wooded area away from your home. Be careful, though, and wear thick gloves when handling traps, because raccoons will try to bite if agitated.

Motion-sensing lights and sound devices will also help keep raccoons away. Nocturnal by nature, they don't like bright lights. You can also apply a raccoon repellent to garbage cans and around the yard to deter them. Many wildlife specialists use this method because the repellent uses the scent of a predator such as a coyote, wolf, or mountain lion to mark your garden as a predator's territory.

So don't be kept up at night because raccoons are having a party at your house. Take action today and keep those raccoons away!

Important Note: Two illnesses common to raccoons are distemper and rabies. If you see raccoons, keep your pets inside. Raccoons are primarily nocturnal, so if you see one in a populated area during the day, especially if it is acting strangely, be sure to avoid it and report it to a wildlife specialist.

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