Jobs to be done in March:

Ornamental Garden:

  • A general fertiliser could be applied over borders if felt necessary. If leaves look yellow on shrubs then give them a folate feed (liquid feed via watering can).
  • Aerate lawn with a wire rake if mild and not waterlogged.
  • Remove any dead, diseased or damaged growth from trees and shrubs.
  • Finish mulching if not done in Autumn.
  • Put manure / rose feed around all roses and check for dead, diseased or dying shoots.
  • Deadhead bulbs regularly.
  • Now is a good time to plant new Perennials and summer-flowering bulbs. Re-pot or top-dress all containers.
  • Weed regularly.
  • Edge / define all borders if not done already.
  • Plant Roses.
  • Sow hardy annuals for summer colour.
  • Repair damage to lawns if necessary.
  • Harden off hardy annuals sown under glass.
  • Cut back any remaining growth from herbaceous / grasses left over from the winter.
  • Divide summer flowering perennials like astrantia, hemorocallis, hosta etc.
  • Coppice dogwoods / willows etc if not done before now.

Veg Garden:

  • Prune Gooseberries and red and white currants. Remove deadwood and then spur prune all sideshoots back to 2 – 3 buds from the base. Shorten branch tips by one quarter.
  • Direct sow shallots and onion setts.
  • Harvest the last of the winter crops and compost any un- diseased debris.
  • Sow aubergines, cucumbers, tomatoes and chillies in an indoor heated propagator.