Tips and advice on garden care in March
Spring has officially begun and your garden is beginning to wake up after resting through the colder months.
This is the time to start getting out in your garden - whenever the weather permits - and begin preparing it for the fun of summer.
And remember that any preparation done now will save you time throughout the rest of the year. So let's bundle up warm and get outside - your garden beckons!
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Gardening ideas for March
Give the lawn the first cut of spring
After not mowing all winter, it's time to start caring for your lawn again. Start by tidying up any uneven edging. It makes maintenance easier and will immediately make your lawn look better.
Before unleashing the lawnmower, check that the lawn isn't too waterlogged. If the grass is very wet you could churn it into a muddy mess. So do wait for the soil to dry before mowing the lawn.
Set the cutting blades high so it’s left longer than it would be in the summer. Change to a shorter cutting setting as the weather gets warmer.
If your lawn’s looking tired, apply lawn feed. If there’s a lot of frost wait until it’s a little warmer as any growth will be lost.
And if your lawn's in serious need of TLC, March is the perfect time to replace it either with new turf or seed. Look to complete the job by the end of the month so that the new lawn has time to bed in before the summer. For more on replacing your lawn, head to our articles for step-by-step advice.
With winter gone and spring in the air, it’s time to cut back all the plants that have been left over the cold months. Climbers, hedges, roses and trees will all benefit from being cut back and tied. We recommend focusing on the tougher plants. And tackle fruit trees, such as apple or pear, before the buds begin to grow as this will help them to fruit.
Leave soft shrubs, such as lavender or sage, for a few weeks yet, as any frosts that happen after they’ve been pruned will damage them.
Tidy and feed beds and borders
Before planting anything new, tidy up perennials by removing any brown foliage. This will allow space for the new foliage to grow.
Remove any weeds – perennial weeds will need to be treated with a weed killer.
Once tidied up, the beds can be prepared for the coming season. Give them a good soak - sprinkle with some multi-purpose compost and fork into the topsoil.
Wash garden paths, furniture and more
Now’s the best time to make sure that your paths and garden furniture are looking good – give them both a good clean with a pressure washer.
Remove all weeds and moss on your patios and drives before washing. And check whether your garden furniture would benefit from being painted or treated after cleaning to make sure it looks great for the warmer weather.
And if you didn't get to it in February, there's still time to clean your greenhouse and pond. Remove any dead growth and weeds from the pond and test its filters and pumps. If still in good working order, give them a clean, or replace if worn out or not working correctly.
Sow flower seeds
These flowers are easy to grow and are an ideal way to fill your beds or containers with colour without having to break the bank. They withstand the cold and so can be grown outside straight from seed. They are particularly happy in sandy soil but, wherever you grow them, we recommend doing so in well-drained earth.
Start growing vegetables
Spring offers a whole host of delicious vegetables to start growing. Options include:
Please check individual packaging to see if they need to start growing inside before being transferred outdoors.
Once your beds have been weeded and fertiliser's been added, rake the surface down to leave a seedbed the texture of cake crumbs.
Now you're ready to plant, don’t be tempted to fill up the vegetable garden all at once. There are so many more things that can be grown later into the year once the weather's warmed up. Also, if the weather's still chilly, all early crops will require some horticultural fleece for protection.