Garden Jobs for March

Choosing your garden jobs for March doesn't have to be a hassle. March is the perfect time to start thinking about what work needs to be done in preparation for the year ahead.

There are plenty of garden jobs to be done in springtime, from basic lawn mowing and de-weeding to planting summer flowering bulbs and vegetables. We’ll fill you in on the top jobs to be carried out in March, to keep your garden looking ship-shape.

So, for tips on essential springtime garden maintenance jobs, just keep reading…

What to Plant

  • Plant summer flowering bulbs such as lilies, dahlias, gladiolus and galtonias into borders, raised beds and containers. See our recent blog post for guidelines on container gardening.
  • Forced flower bulbs like daffodils and hyacinths can be planted in the garden, as well as herbaceous perennials. Established perennial plants can be lifted and divided now to improve their vitality and create new plants for the garden.
  • Supports such as trellis panels, should be installed for plants now instead of later. Plants can then have the opportunity to grow up them, keeping it looking tidy.
  • You can also start think about planting early potatoes at this time of year. Early versions of potato such as ‘Rocket’ can be planted in march however most other varieties need to wait until April.
  • When growing potatoes in pots, make sure you use one that is 25cm in diameter at least. The potatoes need to be buried just below the compost surface and as the shoots grow, more compost needs to be added until the pot is full.
  • Water your pot regularly to keep the compost moist and you should be OK to harvest your potatoes by late June or early July.
  • Cutting & Pruning

    March is a good time to move deciduous trees or shrubs, as long as the soil is not frozen. Cut back shrubs like Cornus and Salix cultivars that have grown over winter, and cut away any dead foliage left on your ornamental grasses and perennials.

    Below are examples of plants that need to be pruned in March:-

  • Roses - this will encourage strong new growth
  • Early flowering Clematis – prune these once their flowers have finished. For summer-flowering Clematis, prune before they start into active growth
  • Overwintered fuchsias – prune back to 1 or 2 buds on each shoot
  • Winter Flowering Jasmine – prune after flowering so that new growth is encouraged for next year's blooms
  • Here are some examples of plants that need to be trimmed back in March:-

  • Winter-flowering heathers - to prevent from becoming leggy, trim them as the flowers disappear
  • Hellebores – remove any foliar diseases by cutting off the old leaves
  • Winter pansies – remove their faded flowers to stop them setting seed, and encourage blooms of new flowers throughout the spring
  • Hydrangeas – remove these before new growth appears and cut to one third of last season’s growth
  • Jobs around the Garden

    March is a good time to replenish grit and gravel mulches around alpine plants and place slug barrier products around new shoots of perennials. It is also the ideal time to start digging compost into heavy clay soils.

    If you have a green house, whether you are at home or doing some allotment gardening, make sure to open doors and vents on the warmer days.

    So there we have it… Those were our recommended gardening jobs for March. If you want to share any of your own tips, you can reach us on social media or in the comments section below!


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