March 2013

March Gardening Jobs

With what always seems to be such a long old season, the arrival of Spring usually in mid-March is always a welcome joy. The frequent sunny days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks, with longer days and lighter evenings. It’s time to get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.

Here are 10 top recommended jobs this month

  1. Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
  2. Protect new spring shoots from slugs
  3. Plant summer-flowering bulbs
  4. Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
  5. Top dress containers with fresh compost
  6. Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed), get the lawn mower serviced (if required)
  7. Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
  8. Weeds come back in to growth – deal with them before they get out of hand
  9. Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters
  10. Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days
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