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Master gardeners urge soil testing

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According to the Becker County Master Gardeners, April is the time to begin to move protective cover from bulb beds, non-hardy roses and perennials in stages as mulch and soil thaw.

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Don’t rush to uncover tender plants though. Mulch helps prevent the plants from coming out of dormancy too early, when damaging cold is still a possibility.

Rose canes will be OK as long as temperatures hover around 20 degrees, but most flowering perennials will die back when it’s that cold.

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