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Gardening In March…

March 13th 2015
By: Melanie

Finally the weather has turned a bit warmer which has enabled us all to venture out into our gardens to survey the damage caused by the winter months. March is a lovely time to nurture a garden, as popping up are the first signs of spring in the shape of snow drops, daffodils and blossom in our trees.

March in the garden is a really a time to take stock and start to plan for the year ahead, if you haven’t already sown seeds for your vegetable plot or flower beds then now is the time to. It’s also a time of year to cut back any dead plants, tidy up any remaining leaves and re-shape flowerbeds.

We checked out the RHS 10 jobs in the garden for March:

1. Protect new spring shoots from slugs

2. Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes

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)

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

If you are thinking of re-working your boarders, perhaps certain shrubs just aren’t working in their current space, or your perennials are not located in the best position, in terms of light and shade, then now is a really good time to plan out your boarders for this year. If you would like to inject a bit of winter colour, then adding winter pansies is a quick and simple way to give your garden a colour boost.