March represents the official start of Spring!
Expect changes in the garden as plants begin to come alive. Spring-flowering bulbs and shrubs start to show. Look out for daffodils (Narcissus), Crocus vernus, Chaenomeles x superba ‘Knap Hill Scarlet’, Daphne mezereum, Primula ‘Miss Indigo’ and so much more….
More hours of daylight mean more time in the garden, which is good as there are plenty of jobs to do this month.
- The wet of winter will continue to takes it toll. Paving and decking should be cleaned to reduce mould, mosses and algal growth to prevent slipping. Walking on lawns, beds and borders should be kept to a minimum in order to avoid soil compaction and damage.
- Tidy flower borders, cutting back old growth, and dress with compost. Mulch bare soil in beds and borders.
- Move evergreen shrubs.
- Lift and divide overgrown perennials.
- Prune bush and shrub roses.
- Prune shrubs with colourful winter stems (Cornus and Salix)
- Plant summer-flowering bulbs.
- Put supports in place for perennials.
- Sow hardy annuals outside.
- Reseed bare patches in the lawn.
- In mild weather, give the lawn its first cut, with the mower on a high setting.
- Take pumps out of store and put them back in the pond, and begin feeding fish.
- Begin successful planting of hardy leaf and root vegetables.
- Sow leek, early beetroot, peas, lettuce, onion sets and shallots outside.
- Sow tomato, sweet pepper, squash and courgette seeds inside.
- Plant early potatoes at the end of the month.
- This is the last chance to plant bare-root trees and shrubs and new fruit trees and bushes.
There are many lovely gardens to visit this month, a few are listed below.
Buscot Park, Faringdon, Oxfordshire.
Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.
Hidcote Manor Garden, near Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire.
Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, Gloucestershire.