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Tomorow is April Fool’s day. I hate having pranks played on me; here are some to look out for—or, perhaps play on someone (just not me!), if you’re a prankster yourself:

  • Visiting a neighbor’s home? Be sure to throw something into the entryway to make sure the sprinkler is not set up to turn on when it detects motion.
  • Watch out for stray “For Sale” signs in your front yard!
  • If anyone brings you a caramel apple, cut into it before sinking in your teeth—because it’s an April Fool’s trick to substitute an onion.
  • Watch out for fake flower tricksters! Before you fawn over a friend’s garden, or look in amazement over gorgeous flowers that have suddenly appeared in your garden, remember what day it is!

Marylee Pangman is the founder and former owner of The Contained Gardener in Tucson, Ariz. She has become known as the desert’s potted garden expert. She is available for digital consultations, and you can email her with comments and questions at Follow the Potted Desert at Get a free copy of Ten Top Tips to Desert Potted Garden Success by