After a very wet and cold month, we’re very much looking forward to the arrival of Spring, and with it the bloom of daffodils, tulips and crocuses.
March is an ideal time for planting, as the soil starts to warm up yet plants are still mostly dormant, hence won’t mind being moved. It is also an ideal month to lay new turf, as the temperature starts to rise and it is relatively damp. These are perfect conditions for the lawn to establish.
Apply feed to your established beds and borders. Ensure soil is workable and dig a good amount of well-rotted manure in to prepare for the growing season ahead. Work in a general fertilizer such as Growmore or something more specific, depending on what you are growing. You could also add green waste and a good multi-purpose compost into your vegetable beds to enhance nutrient level and help with drainage. Top up raised beds with compost and good quality topsoil.
Birds such as robins, sparrows, and blackbirds will be flying back and forth with twigs and other plant debris once nest building begins. Why not pop along to the Nursery and discover our new bird care section, with feeders and feeding stations, seeds and much more to help you to look after the birds visiting your garden. If you have space, consider planting a shrub or group of shrubs to attract birds throughout the year. Nectar-rich flowers will attract many flying insects, including butterflies and bees.
More quick tips:
- Mow your lawn if it needs it. Choose a dry day and ensure your blades are higher than usual.
- Begin weeding as the weather warms – weeds are more easily controlled if removed young.
- Providing the soil is not frozen or waterlogged, move deciduous trees or shrubs before it’s too late.
- Now is an ideal time to plant herbaceous perennials. Lift and divide established perennial plants now to improve their vigour and create new plants for your garden.
- Put in place any plant supports you may need before things start to grow rapidly.
- Hardy annuals can be sown directly into the soil. Alternatively sow them in pots or module trays for planting out later in the spring.
- Cut back shrubs grown for their colourful winter stems such as Cornus and Salix to their bases.
- Finish cutting back any dead foliage left on your perennials and ornamental grasses to make way for new growth.