March is here and you may have spotted some daffodils making an appearance, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to find out what needs to be done in the garden in March. As the days start to get longer gardening in March is sure to be a very busy time. There are still plenty of winter tasks to finish off – pruning, cleaning tools and many more, but there’s also the preparations for the busy season ahead. As the weather gets warmer you’ll be able to start sowing lots of delicious vegetables, as well as giving the lawn its first trim of the year.
There’s plenty to do, so read on to find out our key tips for what to do in your garden in March…
Top tips for what to do in your garden in March…
– March is a great time to start sowing many different vegetables. If it’s particularly cold at the start of the month, wait until the second half to get started. Then get going with carrots, spinach, salad leaves, early peas, broad beans, parsnips, radishes, early potatoes and many more. And, harvest any last leeks, brussel sprouts and cabbages.
– The slugs will be out in full force this month so make sure you put slug repellent around your new spring shoots.
– Summer flowering bulbs will also need to be planted – whether you will be growing lilies, gladiolus or ranunculus add a little compost to the soil. And, hardy annuals can be sown straight into the soil.
– There’s nothing more pleasing than looking out on your lawn in the summer months to see a fabulous green sight. To ensure that your lawn looks great in summer it needs to be mown regularly, and, March is the time to give it the first cut of the year. If it has been wet, wait until the weather has dried up and then get that lawn mower out of the shed and into action.
– Although the weather should be warming up by now, there is still a chance of a morning frost from time to time. For this reason ensure that vulnerable, or new, plants are protected overnight. There may also be some strong winds, so any plants that are exposed to the extreme elements need to have some extra care put into protecting them.
– If you have plums and damsons then March is when they come into flower, as will any peach or nectarine trees that are growing on walls. If you love strawberries then you can plant runners in hanging baskets in your greenhouse. Raspberry canes can also continue to be planted along, and don’t forget to feed any blueberry plants with a fertiliser.
– Any ‘spring cleaning’ of your garden that you didn’t have time to tick off the list in February can be completed this month. There will be plenty to do: weeding, maintaining your garden tools, fixing furniture, cleaning out the garden pond and many more. It’s always a good idea to keep a pair of secateurs nearby as, despite your best efforts at pruning throughout January and February, there will always be a few that have been missed.
– It’s also time to think ahead for summer – will you be displaying hanging baskets? If so, now is the time to start buying some young plants so as soon as any risk of a frost goes, they can be planted.
It’s a busy month for us green-fingered folk, but, if you’re anything like us, you’ll be so pleased to get back out in the garden!