In meteorological terms March is the first month of Spring. By the middle of the month sunny days usually become more frequent, which enables more external gardening tasks to be undertaken. March also gives the first real opportunity of the year to ‘get your hands dirty’ and there is much that can be done such as preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.

  1. Slugs become more apparent so protect any plants vulnerable to attack.
  2. Shallots, onion sets and early potatoes can be planted.
  3. Summer-flowering bulbs can be planted.
  4. If necessary, divide and replant clumps of perennials.
  5. Top dress containers with fresh compost.
  6. If necessary, mow the lawn.
  7. Cut back any shrubs, such as dogwood and willow, grown for colourful winter stems.
  8. This month sees the start of the battle against the weeds – don’t let them get established!
  9. Maintain garden ponds to get the best from them during the coming months.
  10. When the temperature permits ventilate the greenhouse.


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