Now is the Time,
Kerby's is the Place

November 7, 2013   

A flower that smells like banana candy? That's cool.

A little taste of cool weather and then it is right back to fall in Florida, which really is a wonderful thing. While news reports talk about the first snowfall across parts of the country, we're enjoying low 80s and sun-filled afternoons. So what are you doing in your yard during this beautiful time of year? It is a great time for planting fall-blooming shrubs, hardy fruit trees, roses or a new shade tree. If you aren't sure what to do in the garden at this time of the year, come out to Kerby's this Saturday for our last workshop of the fall season on Winter Gardening and Plant Protection. You'll learn all about what you can do in the garden from now until spring and we'll share our tips for protecting sensitive plants in your garden. After the workshop, stroll the boardwalk and check out all of the gorgeous flowers that make Fall in Florida a wonderful time of year.

Happy Gardening,
The Kerby's Nursery Family

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In This Issue

Featured Plant

Protecting Plants from Winter Frost

Upcoming Events
This Saturday, November 9th, 10am Workshop: Protecting Plants and Winter Gardening

New Arrivals

A Great Time to Plant
Fortuniana Grafted Roses

All Roses
2 for $50
10" Pots, Reg. Price $29.99

Just in for
Fall Planting

Florida Peach and
Apple Trees

10" Pot - $49.99

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What's Just in
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Cape Honeysuckle
10" Pot - $12.99
Featured Plant
Cape Honeysuckle
Tecomaria capensis

This tall shrub loves full sun and tolerates any weather that Florida can throw at it. The butterflies and hummingbirds can't keep away from it, and the gorgeous orange(pictured) or golden flowers add lovely fall color to a landscape.

Protecting Plants from Winter Frost
  All that hard work. The sweat, the backaches . . . don't let it go to waste by not preparing for the winter. Make sure you are stocked up on all of the essentials for protecting your plants, like frost blankets and anchor pins.  Follow these easy tips to make sure your garden comes into spring looking even better than before.

Protection - When frost or freeze approaches, the best thing you can do is be prepared to cover your plants. Make sure that you have frost blankets and anchoring pins on hand so that you don't have to make a last minute trip to Kerby's for supplies and have a plan for covering up your most sensitive plants. Make sure that you cover plants all the way to the ground, resting the blanket lightly on the plant and then anchoring the blanket to the ground with the anchor pins. Not attaching the blanket allows cold winds to creep under easily and either blow the blanket off, or push out the warm trapped air that is protecting the plant.

Water Well - The day before cold comes in, make sure you give your plants a good soaking. A lack of water when cold, dry winds are blowing can cause double the damage to your plants. Water plants at the roots only. Water on the leaves doesn't help and can cause more damage for landscape plants.

Stop Fertilizing - By now, you should have done your fall fertilization on all of your plants. At this point, you want to hold off on any general feeding until springtime. Too much fertilizer right now may encourage growth spurts during warmer days, and this new growth is extremely sensitive to cold, no matter how hardy the plant.

Avoid Some Pruning - On sensitive shrubs, you'll want to avoid pruning unless absolutely necessary. Pruning stimulates growth which can lead to weaker plants.  A plant that is a little taller or wider than you want can be a good thing, as it will provide a little extra insulation. The winter is a great time to prune roses, crape myrtles, evergreens, and any deciduous trees.

Double Protection - If you're a fruit nut and have exotic tropical fruit trees, consider doubling the protection by using multiple layers of frost blankets. For covering trees, have a few stakes on hand to prop the blankets up so they aren't pulling the leaves and branches down.

These are a few tips you can use to protect your garden this winter. The best protection is being prepared for whatever mother nature throws our way.



Upcoming Events


Workshop: Protecting Plants and Winter Gardening
Saturday, November 9th at 10am

Florida is known for warm weather and sunshine, but even here in central Florida, the occasional frost or freeze comes our way. Be ready this year, by attending this workshop. You'll learn the best ways to protect plants from cold weather and we'll demonstrate the proper way to cover plants to make sure all of your favorite shrubs, trees and flowers are warm and snug this winter. We'll also talk about what to do in the garden at this time of year, after all it is Florida and we can play in the yard all year long!




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2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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