March – the beginning of spring and a favourite time of year. The warmer weather brings the garden and one’s enthusiasm for gardening alive. There is still time to plant climbers, trees and shrubs; new herbaceous perennial plants can be added to borders; and bird-lovers can put up nesting boxes (on the north sides of trees) before nesting season starts in earnest.
Needless to say, of course, March brings in a long list of things to do: mow the lawn, repair bald patches of grass by seeding or replacing with ready grown turf, prune roses, split clumps of herbaceous plants and move them around, dig over beds and borders, provide plenty of ventilation for plants in greenhouses as days can be warm but nights still frosty and, and, and!! However, if there’s simply too much to do or you haven’t got the time, call Gardeneer and one of their teams will come and do it all for you.
Recent high winds may have caused structural damage to fences, pergolas and sheds. It is worth a quick check to see all is well. If there is damage, get it fixed quickly before the climbers grow too big and make the job even more difficult. Call Gardeneer because we can help with this.
March is the ideal time to look at changing the layout of your garden. Whether it’s one small flower bed or a full garden layout, Gardeneer can help and advise on suitable plants and design schemes to transform your garden. They provide a one-stop service from design and plant selection right through to build and completion, working with you all the way to ensure you are delighted with the finished result.
On the downside, be prepared for the inevitable invasion of slugs, snails and other pests. Emerging seedlings and awakening perennials are particularly susceptible to hungry slugs and snails that readily attack any young, leafy growth. Remember that dogs, cats, birds and other wildlife can be seriously affected if they eat slug pellets. The safest and most economical way to use them is to place a dozen or so under a slate or tile at strategic places around the garden. Birds, too, can become a nuisance at this time, pecking at emerging buds and vegetable seedlings. Fruit cages and cloches offer the best protection but netting and black cotton thread can offer temporary protection until growth is established.
On a high note, though, Crocus and daffodil bulbs, hellebores and sweet scented daphne are providing so much colour and will soon be joined by primroses, primula, polyanthus and camellia. Heartwarming and uplifting!
Summer flowering bulbs such as gladioli and crocosmia can be planted later in the month. If you stagger the time of planting over a few weeks, you will be able to enjoy a longer flowering period.
- Protect new spring shoots from slugs
- Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
- Plant summer-flowering bulbs
- Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
- Prune bushes and climbing roses
- Remove perennial and annual weeds.
- Protect plants from slugs and birds.
- Finish digging and fertilising areas to be planted or sown
- Provide ventilation to plants under cover
All lawns need feeding in order to maintain vigour. When feeding, look out for signs of pest or disease and apply moss killer if required. Regular maintenance is the best way to approach a lawn, and may avoid the need for renovation later on.
Visit your local garden centre or nursery now, to stock up with herbaceous plants, while there is still a good selection. Established perennials that have been growing for three years or more will need lifting and dividing, so they continue to flower well.