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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 17.32 Acer's Florist & Garden Center August 10, 2017
Summer Annuals and Tropicals


Shade perennial gardens are so easy to create and maintain. Stop into Acer's today and create a garden that will give you enjoyment FOREVER.


We have a huge selection of beautiful hanging baskets, and delightfully designed patio planters!


Acer's is stocked with with most AMAZING flowering trees, shrubs and flowers. Stop in soon for the best selection.The best plants always fly out FAST.


Flowers, herbs and vegetables are arriving daily! Time to get some cool-weather veggies in the ground for fall harvest!

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Feeding Finches

Nature exists to be enjoyed and treasured. And there is so much entertainment value in watching the birds flocking to your bird feeders that the easy effort of cleaning and filling the feeders is offset by the pleasure you will experience in watching the antics of these avian acrobats.

Finches, for example, come in a wide variety, are gregarious, and tend to feed in flocks. Along with the American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristi), the House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), the Lesser Goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria) and Lawrence's Goldfinch (Carduelis lawrencei), there are several northern finches which migrate into the lower U.S. when their food sources become scarce during winter; they are the Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls and Purple Finches (Carpodacus purpureus).

For maximum visual enjoyment, place out multiple feeders in a sunny spot, preferably sheltered from weather by a copse of trees or bushes. The latter also provides a handy hiding spot if danger threatens. Provide both food and water; finches adore niger, a black seed tiny and light that requires a special feeder such as a yellow seed sock, or a tubular hanging feeder specially designed to hold niger.

Along with the above considerations when hanging your feeders, be sure to place them where you will be able to see them easily. Finches can become quite tame, and will not spook if you're a mere two feet away, on the other side of the window, watching while they eat. These bubbly singers mix chatter with their birdsong.

For other styles of bird feeders, the hands down favorite bird seed is the black-oil sunflower (as opposed to the grey and white striped sunflower seeds sold for people) which is high in oil content, and softer shelled, therefore easier to crack open. It will attract many types of birds including woodpeckers, chickadees and jays along with the finches. Parent house finches will bring their young to backyard feeders shortly after fledgling where for the first couple of days they shell the seeds for their newborns. As a further attractant for house finches, plant birch trees, marigolds, zinnias, and sunflowers.

Scatter dove and quail food on the ground for the quail, doves, sparrows and finches that have no problem at all with feeding on the ground. Multi-tiered feeding will only enhance your delight when watching your new friends. And they do become friends, as the same birds will return to your feeders. Do not fear that yours are the only ones they visit; finches in particular follow a daily circuit of feeders and wild food patches. However, once you have begun feeding the birds, for your own satisfaction, and as a reliable food and water source, keep up with the feeding, ensuring that the feeders are kept clean and filled. It's the least we can do for the pleasures they afford us in return.

Best Friends Forever:Ants with Aphids, Mealybugs and Scale

Even if you don't particularly like them, you've got to admit that ants are fascinating creatures. They've certainly stood the test of time: they have been around for a mere 110-130 million years and have colonized almost every landmass on earth. They employ the concept of division of labor, they communicate amongst themselves and they have demonstrated an ability to solve many a complex problem. Like people, they sometimes perform good deeds and sometimes...not so much.

One not-so-good thing they do (from a human perspective, that is) is make life really easy for aphids, mealybugs and scale. Those little guys are the ones that suck the life juices out of our most prized possessions--our plants! Even though this is really irritating, the complex relationship between ants and these three villains is still pretty amazing.

Here's how it goes: aphids, mealybugs and scale just love to feed on the juices of plants. As they are voraciously feeding on the plants, they are also secreting a sugary, sticky liquid called honeydew. Ants love honeydew. Even though a large amount of honeydew is being secreted as these insects feed, it is not fast enough for the hungry ants. They begin to "milk" the insects for more, by stroking them with their antennae.

In the meantime, to protect their precious honeydew, the ants are also busily warding off predatory (to their honeydew-makers) insects such as lady bugs and lacewings. Many times, the ants will take aphid "slaves." When migrating to a new area, they take aphids with them to ensure a continued supply of honeydew. Some ants go above and beyond, storing the aphid eggs in their nests over the winter, then carrying the newly-hatched aphids back to a plant for them to feed on in the spring.

So, next time you wonder why there are ants on your plant and if they are eating the plant, our advice is this: look for the root cause of the problem. Chances are, where there are ants on plants, you will see a sticky residue and one of their BFF's--aphids, mealybugs or scale. The good news is: we can help you solve the problem and restore your plant back to health! Just visit us for a solution!

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