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March Jobs

A handy list of March gardening jobs.


Ornamental Garden:
  • A general fertiliser could be applied over borders if felt necessary.
  • Lightly rake lawn if mild and not waterlogged to remove moss.
  • Remove any dead, diseased or damaged growth from trees and shrubs.
  • Finish mulching if not done in autumn.
  • Put manure / rose feed around all roses and check for dead, diseased or dying shoots.
  • Deadhead bulbs regularly.
  • Now is a good time to plant: new Perennials and summer-flowering bulbs. Re-pot or top-dress all containers.
  • Weed regularly.
  • Edge / define all borders if not done already.
  • Plant roses.
  • Sow hardy annuals for summer colour.
  • Repair damage to lawns if necessary.
  • Harden off hardy annuals sown under glass.
  • Cut back any remaining growth from herbaceous / grasses left over from the winter.  
  • Divide summer flowering perennials like astrantia, hemorocallis, hosta etc.
  • Coppice dogwoods / willows etc. if not done before now.

Vegetable Garden:
  • Prune gooseberries and red and white currants. Remove deadwood and then spur prune all sideshoots back to 2 – 3 buds from the base. Shorten branch tips by one quarter.
  • Plant shallot and onion sets.
  • Harvest the last of the winter crops and compost any un- diseased debris.
  • Sow aubergines, cucumbers, tomatoes and chillies in an indoor heated propagator but only if you have a heated glasshouse for growing on seedlings.

Written by: Alex Bell, www.alexbellgardendesign.co.uk

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