Jobs to be done in March:
- 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.
- 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.