March Gardening Tips
March has crept up on us once again, folks, so it’s time to get back out in the garden and get those green fingers working!
Our monthly advice page is here to guide your horticultural endeavours!
"March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers."
Trees & Shrubs
- Give hedges a final trim before bird-nesting season starts.
- Now is the ideal time to be planting out bare-root trees, container grown shrubs, and climbers...
Unless the ground is still frozen!
- Cut back buddleia stems to ground level.
- Prune vigorous-growing shrubs such as willow and dogwood.
- Overgrown honeysuckle can now be cut down close to their base.
- Thin-out late summer-flowering shrubs, remove crossed stems as well as any diseased and damaged ones.
Fruit & Vegetables
- Prune blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes.
- Prepare veg beds for sowing and planting.
- Towards the end of the month, you can ‘chit’ seed potatoes before planting. This is vital with earlies and a good idea with main crops.
The potatoes are ready to plant when the shoots are about 3cm (1in) long.
- Spread manure around the base of fruit bushes.
- Mulch around the base of fruit trees to prevent weeds and retain moisture.
- Once ‘chitted’, small crops of potatoes can be grown in bags if space is limited.
- Divide or transplant early flowering perennials.
- Feed rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias with a good acidic feed. Slow-release, liquid or soluble are all good foods, as long as they are applied correctly.
- Summer-flowering bulbs are now available to buy.
- Sow summer annuals on a window sill or frost-free greenhouse.
- Prune roses whilst still dormant, just before newbuds break... But not if frosty!
- Repair any bare patches and improve drainage in waterlogged areas.
- Once the grass has grown to 7-8cm you can give it its first cut.
- Lawn edges will now be ready for a trim.
- Check edges of pond linings for frost damage.
- Check all pond equipment for frost damage and service, repair or replace.
- Remove floating leaves and debris.