Spring is on its way and the longer, brighter days provide the perfect opportunity to get out into the garden and get this month’s to dos done. From planting bedding plants, mowing the lawn and growing your own fruit and veg, March is a great time to get started.
Your grass will probably be growing well this month, so the lawn will need regular mowing from now on. Remember not to take it too short with that first cut of the year and make sure that it’s dry in order to avoid tearing.
March is a great time to start feeding lawns, lending them a helping hand on their way to looking fantastically strong and healthy. If you want to make taking care of your lawn an easier job, install lawn edging. It’s great for dividing up your vegetable patch and adding a decorative touch to your flower beds, too.
Time to get growing
From sowing seeds to planting bulbs, now is the time to start your grow your own adventure. Many vegetables can be sown outside this month. Prepare your seeds by pulling up any weeds and forking in a good layer of compost for the growing season ahead. Most seeds need a soil temperature of around 7C (45F) to germinate so if temperatures are still a bit chilly, delay planting until later in the month or simply pre-warm the soil with the help of fleece, polythene tunnel or cloches.
Some of the crops which are ready to sow in March include beetroot, broad beans and peas, carrot, cauliflower, leek, lettuce, onion, radish, salad leaves, spinach, summer cabbage, Swiss chard and turnip. Beans can be sown early in the month, start them off in a potting tray and then transfer young plants to your vegetable garden. Towards the end of the month, you can start planting your sprouting potatoes outside. Potato growing kits are great if you don’t have a lot of space spare in the veg garden.
Tomatoes, sweet and chilli peppers, cucumbers and aubergines can all be sown indoors now as they need more warmth – either in a warm room in the house or in a heated propagator. Check the germination temperature needed as shown on the seed packets.
Movers and climbers
Now’s a good time to move evergreen shrubs. Wherever possible, prune back up to half of the top growth first – to reduce the stress on the roots and so ensure re-establishment is more successful. This may not be possible with conifers without ruining the shape. Water the soil around the plant thoroughly the day before moving, dig up as big a root ball as you can manage to lift and replant in well-prepared soil to help improve root growth and re-establishment. Firm the soil around the root ball, water in well and keep well watered during dry periods for the first year. Tall plants may need staking to help keep the roots secure while they’re establishing, should it still be chilly or windy simply protect the leaves with fleece or bubble wrap.
Early March is also a great time to prune summer and autumn-flowering clematis; leave spring-flowering clematis until after they’ve finished flowering.
Make the most of the good weather
Water butts are a good investment for the warmer weather ahead. Put them under a downpipe to collect any rainfall and it will save you on water bills during warmer months.
While you are waiting for the temperatures to pick up why not make the most of the bright but charmingly chilly days by giving the BBQ a test run. There’s something amazing about cooking and eating outdoors even if you do still need a jacket! If you’re feeling tempted why not grab a great deal on gas, charcoal or disposable BBQs? We have all the accessories you need and when you sit down to dig in, the food will taste so good it will feel like summer. You can even make the garden look and feel fantastic well into the evening with our fabulous range of outdoor lights and chimeneas.
March Check List
Fruit and veg
Plant shallots and onion sets
Plant broad beans under cloches
Continue chitting and planting early potatoes
Sow tomatoes and courgettes inside
Remove rhubarb flowers
Plant fruit shrubs
Protect crops from slugs
Start planting troughs and planters
Plant summer bulbs
Sow sweet peas outdoors
Plant bare rooted shrubs
Prune summer flowering shrubs
Re-plant plug plants
If the weather is mild enough trim and feed the lawn
It’s a great time to lay new turf
Re-pot plants and add liquid feed
Clean shiny leaves
Plant indoor salad and herbs