Garden Checklist: What to do to your Garden in March

Spring has arrived, and so have long evenings, warmer weather, and more time in the garden. However, there’s plenty to do now to make it ready to use in the spring. Read on to see what you should do to your garden in March to guarantee a lovely spring and summer outdoors.

Prepare your beds for planting

Soil might be the most important element involved in ensuring that your garden blooms. Be sure to spread compost or manure on your garden beds. Experiencing a rainy winter? Placing a tarp over your flower beds will keep them dry and ready for planting.

Control weeds and pests

As spring arrives, the pests that plague your garden in the summertime are back in full force. Check your plants for vine weevils, whose offspring will eat the roots of your carefully potted plants. You can nip this problem in the bud by encouraging the weevils’ natural predators (birds, frogs, and hedgehogs) into your garden. You can also find anti-weevil spray at your local garden centre.

Weeds are another common garden pest. Hoe your garden often to keep weeds under control while they’re still small, and remove any large clusters of weeds before you start planting.

Divide overcrowded flower clumps

Have you noticed clumps of flowers littering your garden? You can lift and divide these clumps, spreading them around your garden for a more even look. March is an especially good time to divide snowdrop bulbs. For best results, be sure to plant the snowdrops at exactly the same depth as you found them.

Sow your summer flower garden

March is the best time to seed your flower beds. Depending on the types of flowers you’d like to grow, sowing indoors is recommended until weather conditions improve. However, hardy annuals can be sown outside.

Cut back winter foliage

Be sure to cut back your winter foliage such as dogwoods that were grown for winter colour. Cutting them back to their bases will encourage more growth next winter.

Take care of your roses

There’s nothing quite so English as a rose, but they do require a certain level of maintenance. In March, roses should be fed with rose feed and pruned to encourage strong growth in the summer.

Prune your hedges

To get the best results when pruning, prune into old wood on one side only. The top and other, non-pruned side will encourage growth, and in the spring the hedge will grow back rigorously. Trim the top of the hedge during the summer, but don’t cut the other side of the hedge for another two years to make sure that the plant regenerates correctly.

Start planting

March is the time to start planting. Get a head start in the vegetable garden by planting shallots and onions, as well as any early potatoes. This is also the time to plant summer flowering bulbs such as lilies, begonias, and freesias. To make sure that you have a successful crop, wait until the soil temperature is 6°c before you begin.

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