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Acer's Florist & Garden Center
Edition 17.43 Acer's Florist & Garden Center October 26, 2017
Arrivals

Its time to welcome FALL! Acer's has all 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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Call (631) 343-7123 or send pics to Jim@acersgardencenter.com.


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Pumpkin Vase

So, you've made your annual fall pilgrimage to the pumpkin patch and you've brought your acquisitions home. You've carved the jack-o'-lanterns and even made a few pumpkin pies (from scratch, yet!). Ho, hum - there must be more to fall decorating than this, right?

You're in luck--there is! With that same knife and scoop you used for the jack-o-lantern, you can create a professional centerpiece for the fall table! Here's how:

Buy a small to medium-sized pumpkin that is tall enough to hold your bouquet.

  1. Using a knife, cut a circle around the stem the desired size of your future vase's opening. Set aside the top for later use.
  2. Scoop out the pulp and seeds and scrape the inside of the pumpkin so it is smooth and clean.
  3. Set your pumpkin out to dry. Choose a well-aired spot out of the direct sun. Leave it there until the inside of the pumpkin feels dry; this may take a day or two.
  4. Cut a piece of florist's foam small enough to fit through the hole at the top of the pumpkin; soak it well and place inside of the pumpkin cavity OR
  5. You can place an empty coffee can, margarine container or glass vase inside the cavity of the pumpkin (which will be filled with water) to hold the flowers. If choosing this method, make sure the receptacle is stable (possibly use some sand in the bottom of the pumpkin to create a nest for the container). The advantage of using this method would be that the inside of the pumpkin would be kept drier, preventing mold.
  6. Arrange your flowers as desired, sticking their stems in the florist's foam (or container) for stability. Choose fall flowers such as chrysanthemums and asters combined with grasses, fall foliage and berries, if desired.
  7. Use the pumpkin top, more fall foliage and berries around your pumpkin vase to finish the look.

If your vase will be a centerpiece for a festive holiday dinner, why not add to the fun? Place a pumpkin sticker under one of the guest chairs. At the end of the meal, whoever sat in that chair gets to take the vase home!

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Happy Halloween!


Garden Primer

Is it bad to have mushrooms growing in my lawn?

Answer:
Not really, but elves sure like them! Mushrooms are the spore-producing structures of certain kinds of fungi. Most of these fungi are beneficial because they break down organic matter and release nutrients that are necessary for plant growth. In fall, as the weather begins to cool, mushrooms often pop up in lawns, causing people to wonder where they're coming from and how to control them.

Mushrooms produce tiny spores that are easily blown about in the wind. When these spores reach a favorable place, they germinate and grow. They are very common in areas with decomposing roots or underground stumps from cut down trees, fallen leaves or lawn thatch and other organic matter.

Most people want to control lawn mushrooms. Sorry to say, we have yet to find any chemicals that are effective in controlling them. Most mushrooms are harmless to your lawn, even though you might not like the way they look. The best you can do is to remove them with a rake and de-thatch your lawn in the fall. De-thatching removes the fungi's food source. Simply removing the mushrooms may make your lawn look better, but it will not kill the mycellium from which the mushrooms grow.

You should be extremely cautious about eating wild mushrooms, because many cause illness and some are deadly. Never eat a mushroom unless you are absolutely sure it is safe. A reference book is not enough--there are poisonous mushrooms that look very similar to non-poisonous ones. If you wish to pick wild mushrooms, please get training first!

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