fruit trees Tips for Hardy Gardeners with Tom Kasper - winter in the rear view mirror By Lisa Johnson • Apr 4, 2017 Peter Prehn/Flickr With a weekend forecast calling for sunshine and 60s, it's going to be hard for spring-starved Northlanders to stay out of their backyards. Their wet, squishy backyards. Tom Kasper says don't rake; prune instead. Tips for Hardy Gardeners with Tom Kasper - the buck stops here: at your new trees By Lisa Johnson • Oct 4, 2016 ©Lisa Johnson Master gardener Tom Kasper is excited about all the new fruit trees folks are planting to replace trees downed in summer storms. But the problem is, rabbits, mice and deer are excited about them, too.