The dos and don'ts of lawn and garden care

7:07 AM, Mar 26, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Spring is here and that has many of us thinking about taking care of the lawn and garden.

According to Susie Bachman at Bachman's Floral, you want to make sure your soil is around 55 degrees before starting work on both your lawn and garden. You can check that using a soil thermometer. Susie says most soil around the Twin Cities has hit the 55 degree mark.

For the garden, Susie says you can start in on the following tasks to get your garden ready for planting:
-clean out your garden beds
-apply weed preventer such as Preen
-separate perennials once they have emerged
-uncover hybrid roses
-plant pansies and other cold-tolerant annuals and vegetable seeds (ie. Lettuce and radishes).

When it comes to lawn care, Susie says to use the "sponge test." If you walk on your lawn and it feels like a sponge under your feet, it is too early to begin work! If there is no squishiness, go ahead and rake. Other yard related tasks that you can do now include:
-apply crabgrass preventer
-sow grass seed
-take care of "spots" left behind by pets.  

To learn more, KARE 11 Sunrise reporter Bryan Piatt paid a visit to Bachman's.

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