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Published April 24, 2009, 03:04 PM

Soil testing can help optimize summer gardens

Have your soil tested if you plan to start a new flower or vegetable garden, or if one you have is not performing well.

  Have your soil tested if you plan to start a new flower or vegetable garden, or if one you have is not performing well. 

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

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

Here are a few tips to get you started:

• 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 in April or early May, 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.

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