What to do in your garden in March
March is full of hope for the gardening months ahead. It's often the first time we have warm weekends with 'coat off' weather, and the first time we can sit out in our gardens and watch the wildlife. It's a lovely month to wrap up all those Winter jobs and look ahead to sowing seeds and preparing the garden for a flower-filled Summer!
Here's a few things to do in your garden this weekend:
- You can start sowing lots more flower seeds. See my blog post all about which flower seeds you can sow in March
- As daffodils go over, pink off the deadheads, but leave the foliage to die back naturally. This will let the foliage die back and the energy will go back into the bulb ready for a great show again next year,
- If you haven't pruned your roses, then this a job for early March. This is the last call for rose pruning!
- It's also a great time to plant bare root roses. You can buy these as bare roots which helps the environment as you’re not transporting a heavy pot, plus companies such as David Austin roses now send all their roses in biodegradable packaging.
- Plant Summer flowering bulbs such as lilies- these will give off a gorgeous scent in the Summer. Or try Roselilies which have double petals!
- Weeding- now is a good time to tidy up borders by pull up any of those pesky weeds.
- Mulch- March is a good time to add a layer of mulch to your borders. This will suppress weeds and add nutrients to your soil.
- Plant out shrubs and climbers. March is a good time of year to plant shrubs and climbers so that they can get established before the heat of summer begins.
- Sow native wildflower seeds- it’s really important to leave an area in your garden for nature. Imagine if everyone in the country left 1m squared!
- Continue deadheading spring flowers and any remaining winter bedding so they don't set seed
- Add fertiliser to flowerbeds and around roses, shrubs and hedge.