March in the garden – 2020
Lighter days, less rain (lets hope) warmer weather, bulbs appearing, Spring must be on the way!!
March is an exciting time for the garden, I know I’m excited to start some new projects and add some more planting to the garden this year.
Warmer weather can bring those pests – so keep an eye out!
I’m currently trying to work out what has happened to my newly sprouted bulbs that have disappeared………. Thinking squirrels.
- Mulch any bare soil, keep those nutrients in and keep any vulnerable plants warm as the weather isn’t quite warm and dry yet.
- Move any shrubs now! – Planning a new scheme? Don’t throw away those established plants, can they be moved to a new spot? quick how to below
- Mark around the shrub
- Dig a trench and loosen soil
- Tip shrub and place a sheet/geotextile underneath
- Lift carefully lift maybe a 2-person job and be careful of branches.
- Dig a hole (larger than previous) in the new position
- Place in shrub and fill with soil
- Water well and firm down soil.
Keep check on your shrub and ensure it has enough water in the first few weeks.
Great plants for March -Tulips, crocuses, heather, primula, Iris, Hyacinthe, Ivy, Primroses, and of course beautiful Daffs!
- Keep up and prune those roses
- Plant new climbers/ hedging plants/ hardy perennials just remember to feed and mulch to give them their best start.
- Deadhead bulbs
- Mow the lawn
- Protect new shoots – those pests are back so maybe some gravel or tape to keep them at bay!
- Prep can also start on a veg or fruit bed ready to sow any seedlings outside as the month continues.
Lets get this growing season off to a great start!