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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 17.40 Acer's Florist & Garden Center October 5, 2017
Arrivals

Acer's is fully stocked with what you need for your fall yard and garden. Haybales, cornstalks, mums and much, much more!

Arrivals

We have Long Island Grown mums. Fresh off the truck!

Arrivals

Arrivals


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October Garden Tips
  • Cut back perennials and rake area around them; leaving diseased or insect-laden foliage can cause problems next year.
  • Weed all areas and dispose of them in the trash (not the compost pile) to discourage weeds in the future.
  • When your annual plants have died back remove them. Add compost, manure, lime and gypsum to the bed to enrich the soil for next year.
  • Edge the grass along planting beds--one less thing to do next spring!
  • Plant early-spring flowering bulbs. Plant them in groupings instead of rows; not only does it look more natural, but they will be less susceptible to wind damage.
  • Remove all faded flowers from plants like roses and hydrangeas, rake up all leaves and tie up the branches. This will help protect your plants from snow damage.
  • Thin out about 1/3 of the oldest branches of flowering shrubs like forsythia, lilac, spiraea and potentilla to promote better bloom and a nicer shape next spring.
  • Dig up tender bulbs, tubers and corms such as dahlias, canna lilies, caladium and gladiolus. It’s a good idea to label them as to type, color and height to make your life easier when replanting them next spring. Sprinkle them with a rose and flower garden dust to discourage insects. Store them where they will not freeze in paper bags or boxes.
  • Collect leaves to shred and add to the compost pile (if you don’t already have a pile, now is a great time to start one).
  • Clean up all fallen fruits to reduce disease and pest problems.
  • Work weed-free steer manure or compost into asparagus beds.
  • Dig up geraniums and bring them indoors for the winter.
  • Clean birdbaths, fountains and clay and ceramic pots and move them to a protected place for the winter.
  • Move any garden statuary, garden signs and other patio decorations to a protected place for the winter.
  • Clean out your vegetable garden, disposing of all plants, weeds and old veggies. For a great source of organic material next spring, plant winter rye in the cleaned vegetable garden. In April, simply cut the grass then till the remaining grass and roots into the soil!
  • Start some pots of paper white narcissus for holiday forcing. They make great hostess gifts!
  • Fertilize the lawn one last time to prepare it for the upcoming winter.
  • If you are decorating with pumpkins, rub a little Vicks on them--this keeps the squirrels and chipmunks from feasting on them.
  • Indian corn used as fall decorations can be protected from blue jays by simply spraying with shellac or hair spray.
  • Drain hoses of water, coil them and tie them together to prevent them from being filled with ice.

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Garden Primer

What's the difference between a daffodil and a narcissus?

Answer:

There is no difference. The two words are synonyms. Narcissus is the botanical name for daffodils, just as ilex is for hollies.

Daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus, and its use is recommended by the American Daffodil Society at all times other than in scientific writing.

In some parts of the country, any yellow daffodil is called a jonquil, usually incorrectly. As a rule, but not always, jonquil species and hybrids are characterized by several yellow flowers, strong scent, and rounded foliage.

But who really cares? They are all lovely flowers--and we say, "Call them whatever makes you happy!"

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