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It’s April, get soil ready for planting

According to the Becker County Master Gardeners, April is the time to have your soil tested if you plan to start a new flower or vegetable garden, or if one you have is not performing well.

University of Minnesota’ Soil Testing Lab will analyze the soil and make recommendations based on reliable data.

Stop by the Extension Office to pick up a soil testing bag and information sheet.

It is also time to

  • Plant bare root trees and shrubs
  • Repair lawn; reseed dead patches, dog spots and winter injury. Rake in lawn seed, do not fertilize until after first mowing.
  • Hose winter dirt off evergreen shrubs and trees if we haven’t had an early spring rain.
  • Plant pansies, violas and Johnny jump-ups outdoors late this month or early next, to enjoy them as soon as possible and for the longest time. They thrive in cool weather, but rarely hold up once summer temperatures soar. Dead-head faded flowers to promote best blooming.