March Garden Jobs
 

March Garden Jobs

March is officially regarded as a key month in the gardening calendar. It is the beginning of many important activities in both the ornamental garden as well as in the fruit and vegetable garden. March can bring occasional frosts so it is important to keep an eye on the weather forecast and cover new seeds with fleece if low temperatures are forecast. 

The following is a to-do-list in March:

  • Control weeds on paths, driveways and paved areas before growth gets going using a product such as Hytrol Total Weedkiller. Up to one seasons control will be provided.                                                            
  • Continue to plant summer flowering bulbs. They are excellent for patio containers as well as planting directly into their desired position in a border. Always use a bulb planting compost for best results such as  Westland 20Lt Bulb Planting Compost.
  • Before grass cutting gets under remember to change the oil in the lawnmower. Where there are high amounts of moss in lawn apply De-Moss Sulphate of Iron at rate of Ikg per 35M² and scarify a week later. Apply a weed, feed and mosskiller such as Goulding Showlawn `3in1` in late March/April.
  • As potting up a wide range of edibles and ornamentals gets under use a balanced compost such as Woodie’s 100Lt Potting Compost.
  • Well rotted farmyard manure or compost should be spread over the vegetable area.                                                                    
  • March is the main potato planting month, early in the month the earlier varieties and the end of the month for the later main crop varieties.
  • Do not neglect to plant shallots and onion sets with early potatoes if not done earlier.
  • Watch out for slugs on young seedlings particularly salad leaves – use an  organic slug pellet such as Neurdorff Slug & Snail Killer or Vitax Slug Rid.
  • Cut back winter shrubs as well as complete any pruning required on fruit  bushes and apple trees. On ornamental and fruit trees use Arbrex Seal & Heal on pruning cuts to prevent infection.
  • All rose pruning should be completed by mid March.
  • Continue to plant summer flowering bulbs. They are excellent for patio containers as well as planting directly into their desired position in a border. Always use a bulb planting compost for best results such as `Westland 20 Lt Bulb Planting Compost.
  • Before grass cutting gets under remember to change the oil in the lawnmower. Where there are high amounts of moss in lawn apply `De-Moss Sulphate of Iron at rate of Ikg per 35M² and scarify a week later. Apply a weed, feed and mosskiller such as Goulding Showlawn `3 in 1` in late March/April.
  • As potting up a wide range of edibles and ornamentals gets under use a balanced compost such as `Woodie's 100Lt Potting Compost`.
  • A large variety of perennials are now becoming available in our stores. Drop into our garden centres and talk to our horticulturists for advice and tips. It is advisable to plant in groups for maximum colour effect.

Note: March is the month where temperatures rise, rainfall lessens with the soil drying out and becoming more workable. 

Happy Gardening!