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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Our garden guru Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens has tips to get your garden ready on this first day of spring.

The basics in outdoor winter chores

Tis the season to get your winter chores done. If you need to control the size your crepe myrtles then this is the time to give them a pruning. Remember not to murder your poor plants but instead, as we have done in the Weather Garden, give a light cut here and there. Pruning crepes does help produce larger cluster of flowers.

This is also the time to give your ornamental grasses a hair cut. Trim these guys back about 8 inches from the ground. You can actually trim back any type of plant right now as long as it is not a spring bloomer. So stay away from Purple Fringe shrubs and azaleas. I would go ahead and prune back any evergreens that need a haircut as well. I prune back my holly trees every 3 years so they say full and thick and thus less winter damage.

Last, remember to re-bark your beds for that final touch.