March marks the official start of spring in the UK, and it's the perfect time to get your garden ready for the upcoming growing season. In this blog post, we'll cover some essential tasks you should be doing in your garden in March.
Prepare Your Soil
Before you start planting, it's essential to prepare your soil. Use a garden fork to loosen up the soil and remove any weeds, stones or debris. Then, add compost or well-rotted manure to improve soil fertility and structure.
Plant Early Spring Vegetables
March is a great time to start planting early spring vegetables such as carrots, lettuce, spinach, peas, and radishes. These vegetables are cold-resistant, so they can be sown directly into the soil. You can also start some vegetables indoors, such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, for later transplanting.
Prune Shrubs and Trees
Late winter and early spring is the best time to prune shrubs and trees, while they are still dormant. Pruning encourages new growth, improves the shape of the plant and removes any dead or diseased wood. Make sure to use sharp and clean tools and follow specific guidelines for each type of plant.
Tidy Up Your Garden
Remove any debris, dead leaves, and twigs that have accumulated over the winter months. This will not only make your garden look more attractive but also reduce the risk of pests and diseases.
March is an excellent time to divide overgrown perennials such as hostas, daylilies, and irises. Dividing helps to keep the plant healthy, encourages new growth and can provide you with new plants for your garden or to give to friends.
Protect New Shoots
As new shoots start to emerge from the ground, it's essential to protect them from slugs and snails. Use organic slug pellets or create a barrier around your plants with copper tape or crushed eggshells.
Feed Your Lawn
If you have a lawn, now is the time to feed it with a spring lawn fertiliser. This will help to encourage growth and ensure that your lawn stays healthy throughout the growing season.
In conclusion, March is a busy month in the garden, but it's a time full of promise and excitement for the upcoming growing season. By following these essential tasks, you'll be on your way to a beautiful and productive garden this year.