Garden Calendar

March

Lawns:

  • Grass will start to grow so give the lawn its first cut of the year. Set the blades high.
  • Rake (scarify) the lawn to get rid of debris, dead grass and moss
  • Aerate badly drained areas of the lawn with a hollow tined fork

Roses:

  • Prune Hybrid Tea (large flowered) and Floribunda (cluster flowered) Roses and then give them a feed. Shrub Roses and Ramblers should not be pruned in the spring as they flower on the previous years’ wood. However, they still benefit from a feed.

Perennials:

  • Herbaceous plants or cottage garden plants will start to grow if they have not done so already.
  • Fork a general purpose plant food or some chicken pellets around them then apply a mulch such as garden compost, composted bark or bark chips to keep the moisture in and the weeds down.

Clematis:

  • Finish pruning Clematis. How this should be done depends upon which group your Clematis falls into. Feed after pruning and mulch.

Summer Bulbs:

  • Buy summer flowering bulbs, corms and tubers, such as Gladioli, Dahlias, Begonias, Crocosmia and Lilies.
  • Gladioli can be planted in the second half of the month.

Summer Bedding Plants/Patio Plants:

  • Sow hardy annuals outside towards the end of March.
  • Sow half hardy annuals in the greenhouse, on a window sill, in a conservatory or buy young plants to grown on.
  • Pot Pelargoniums and Fuchsias into fresh compost.

Vegetable Patch:

  • Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Parsnips, Peas, Radishes and Spinach can be sown outside and then covered with cloches.
  • Plant Onion sets and Shallots.
  • Put Seed Potatoes in a cool, light position to chit (sprout). Plant early varieties towards the end of the month.

Fruit Garden:

  • This is the last chance to plant bare root fruit trees into well prepared soil.
  • Mulch trees and bushes to keep the soil moist and weed free.
  • As Rhubarb pushes through cover with an up-turned bucket to exclude the light to encourage the plant to produce pink shoots.
  • For an early crop, bring potted Strawberries into the greenhouse, water and feed.