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Begin to move protective cover from bulb beds, non-hardy roses, and perennials in stages as mulch and soil thaw. 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 okay as long as temperature hover around twenty degrees, but most flowering perennials will die back when it's that cold.

April showers bring May flowers... keep an eye on the spring warming trends at University of Minnesota Climatology Working Group website!

Have your soil tested if you plan to start a new flower or vegetable garden-- or if your existing garden is not productive and performing well, even though it gets plenty of sunlight an water. The University of Minnesota Soil Testing Lab will analyze the soil and recommend fertilizer and other soil amendments, based on reliable data.

Yard and Garden News Editor: Karl Foord
Technical Editor: Bridget Barton

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