LIST: Larry Pfarr’s Tips for Gardening this Weekend

Updated: 04/25/2013 6:01 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

With temperatures expected to be in the 70s this weekend, many Minnesotans are hoping to get outside and work on the yard and landscaping. Home and Garden Expert Larry Pfarr has some tips to keep you from doing accidental damage on your lawn:

Pruning
•    When pruning, grab the shears and prune back only the following: perennials and summer blooming shrubs - spirea, potentilla and hydrangea.
•    Don’t prune evergreens, trees, and spring blooming shrubs like lilacs, azaleas or rhododendrons. Pruning those plants now will cut off the blooms, so wait until after they bloom to prune back.

Grass seeding
•    Seed once the soil is dry. If you are overseeding an existing lawn, rake first once the soil is dry and then seed.

DO
•    Pull out spruce tops from planters.
•    Replace potting soil in containers; potting soil should be changed every year.
•    Plant pansies - they love the cool weather.
•    Plant cool weather-loving vegetables like radish, lettuce and cabbages.

DON’T
•    Rake the lawn until it is dry and firm; raking when wet can damage the lawn.
•    Put down crabgrass control; wait until the lilacs are in bloom, which will be mid- to late-May this year.
•     Don't plant warm weather annuals and vegetables; our soil temperaturess are way too cold yet. Wait until at least Mother's Day this year.