What Jobs To Do In The Garden in March
There are plenty of jobs to do in the garden in March as this is a busy month in our gardens but if we can do certain things now we give ourselves a good head start. March is a time for growth and new beginnings. Light evenings, more daylight hours and hopefully more sunshine all add up to start everything growing at full tilt.
As Nature starts to grow more plants and flowers at this time of year, let us follow her lead and do the same.
Some of you will be wondering, what jobs to do in the garden in March, read on to find out how to keep busy this month and how to get your garden ready for spring.
What Jobs To Do In The Garden In March – Beds and Borders
New, young growth is starting to show on perennial plants so they need protecting from slugs and snails. Beer traps, a circle of sharp grit or broken egg shells, copper rings around pots are all organic slug repellents; they are sustainable, wildlife friendly options to try.
Cut back dead foliage and seed heads from perennials and ornamental grasses as this encourages new growth.
Lift and divide any perennials that have overgrown their space. This allows them to grow back healthily and provides you with new plants to use somewhere else in the garden or to share with friends and family.
Deadhead daffodils. Cut away old or diseased leaves on Helleborus. Dead head any winter bedding such as pansies.
Plant Summer Bulbs
There are so many to choose from – Dahlia, Lily, Iris, Begonia or Crocosmia are just a few from the wide choice available.
Soil and Compost
- Top dress containers, remove a few inches off the top layer of old compost and top up with new, this helps to maintain plant health and water retention.
- If soil is workable, dig compost or rotted manure and/or fertiliser into borders, taking care not to disturb bulbs or new growth on perennial plants.
- Check compost bins for any compost that is ready to use. It’s ideal on the borders.
- If you don’t have a compost bin, now is the time to obtain or make one.
How To Make Compost For The Garden
Feed and Weed
- Feed trees and shrubs by lightly forking in a slow release fertilizer.
- Feed roses with a specialist rose feed and prune them after any risk of frost. Prune back to one or two new buds as this will encourage new healthy growth. Make the cut on an angle as this allows rain to run off.
- Continue weeding to keep beds and borders clear; after all Nature also knows March is the best time for plants to germinate, weeds will be well on their way in the borders. It’s easier to weed regularly and remove perennial weeds before they become established.
What to Prune in March
March is the optimum time for pruning some garden shrubs and trees, ideally before birds start to look for nest sites. Most shrubs only need light pruning to keep them in a compact shape and within the bounds of their space. Remove any dead or diseased branches.
Deadhead Hydrangeas, cut stems back to about 1/3 of last year’s growth to help encourage new buds.
Prune roses to encourage fresh, strong growth. The following link gives you more detailed information on how to care for and grow roses.
How do you Grow Roses? Secrets to Success
If you haven’t already done so prune hard back Cornus and Salix. Cut them right back to the ground. This will ensure new growth of their colourful stems for next winter.
Prune early flowering clematis when they finish flowering and summer clematis before they start with all new growth. Use the link below to find out how you can grow and enjoy clematis in your garden all year round.
How to Grow a Clematis
Trim winter flowering Heather to prevent them getting too woody.
Winter flowering Jasmine can be pruned when the flowers are finished. Also over wintered Fuchsia should be cut back to one or two buds.
What Vegetables Can I Grow in March?
First of all there are lots of seeds that can be sown now, whether you have a vegetable plot or you want to grow some veg in pots, there is lots of choice.
If you have grown some early veg from seed, these plants can be transplanted this month.
Take a look at How to Grow Seeds. 5 Easy Steps
Vegetables that can be sown now:
- Broad beans
- Swiss chard
- Onion sets
- Brussels sprouts
- Summer cabbage
Using a heated propagator will give you a good early start and more success with seed germination. electric-heated-propagator
Flowers to Sow and Grow in March
Many seeds are easy to grow and will give you continuous, colourful displays all the way through summer. You also gain more gardening satisfaction from having grown your own plants from seed at a fraction of the cost of buying plants from nurseries. Below are just a few examples to try:
- Sweet Peas
- Wildflower mixes
If paths and patios haven’t yet been cleared and cleaned, then now is the time to do so before plants start to grow around or over them.
On fine dry day you could do a first cut of the lawn and trim the edges. However if the lawns are waterlogged or frosted then do not walk on them.
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Clean, repair or if required, replace garden furniture ready for those warmer Spring days so that you can enjoy a well earned break and a cup of tea.
Keep on top of weeds in paved areas such as driveways, paths and borders. Weeding regularly is a whole lot easier that leaving them to become established.
Planting Preparation for the Future
Order your seeds and plug plants ready to grow on for summer display, containers and hanging baskets. Buy vegetable plants to grow on if you don’t have the room or facilities to grown from seeds.
Order fruit trees for spring planting.
So you see there is plenty here for you to get your teeth into, I hope this article has been useful to you, be inspired to get out in the garden to make the most of any early spring sunshine.
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What I’ve always loved about March is that it sets the stage for the blooming season ahead in April and May. Currently, it’s a high of 20 degrees out from today until Thursday in the Northern West Virginia area, so at which outdoor temperature would it be okay to start the gardening process for the year?
Hi Todd, I love March, I agree it’s a lovtime when things are starting to grow after winter.
If you have 20 degrees I’d say do whatever needs doing right now, Here in the south west of UK it’s only about 10 degrees and there is plenty for me to do…gardens never sleep.
Flowers are nature’s beautifiers and seeing a site dedicated to trimming and nurturing them makes me smile.
I don’t grow flowers. But I love them. Who doesn’t anyway? But I was expecting to also see guidelines for maintaining flowers in flower pots because my granny has some at her place.
What type of flowers are only suitable for flower pots? Can I just pick any flower from my friend’s garden and tend for it in a vase with soil?
And should it always be at the window all the time?
This is a great job by the way.
Have a nice week ahead,
Hi Sammy, there are so many different plants and flowers that can be grown and thrive in containers, shrubs, annuals, bulbs can all be grown in pots…see links below…
Ideas for Spring Containers
Summer Flowering Bulbs A colourful addition to summer gardens.
Great and informative article and it is very important and really worth it to me and I’m going to implement this in my garden to grow more plant and flower. I’m glad I read it because I’ve learn a new thing today that the month of march is a time for growth and new beginnings, good to know this from your post. Thank you for listing all what we needs to plant in our garden.
Hello Mary, Thankyou for your comments.
I’m really happy to be of help to you…you may also like the following posts.
Ideas for Spring Containers
Plants For Spring Colour
For all the people who has no work in the summer can be busy if they read this article. I love how you have given some great ideas about keeping our self busy in summer by gardening and maintaining our backyards. I’m definitely going to be investing my time in that this summer.
Thank you for the ideas.
Thank you for your comments. There are always things to do in a garden. I’m glad you like the ideas.
My wife and I just bought our first house with a proper garden, she is very into gardening right now but doesn’t really know what to do, I showed her your article and she loved it, now she can’t wait for spring to start following all your pointers and make our new garden beautiful. Thanks for sharing this article!
Hello Afonso, thank you for your comments,
I hope my site can help you and your wife with lots of things in the garden. Pop back if you need to know anything, or your wife can ask me any questions in the comments box too.
I wish you both every happiness in your new home and garden.
I have not done much gardening lately, I just buy flowers once in a while and leave them there and water them. I would love to build my own garden from scratch. I would love to take on such a challenge and see how it goes.
i have the space to do that, I guess I have the time as well. Now that we are almost in the month of March I think this article actually came up at the right time.
I amy going to put these ideas into good use, I should start to put your tips into action at least by the second week of the month because I will have lots of time on my hands by then.
Thank you for your comments, I hope you do start a garden. Gardens and plants are so good for our wellbeing.
Put my advise into use and you gain a good start to a new garden.
Sincerely this article has really taught me how to implement these tips and advice in my garden to keep my flowers and plants producing and growing more. Your article has really shown me something special and I’m definitely going to implement them in my garden, Thanks for for your help on how to keep our plants and flowers safe at all times. Have a nice day
Thank you for your comments,
I wish you well in improving your garden, don’t hesitate to ask if I can help or advise further.
Many thanks to you for sharing such an excellent article with us .I love gardening and in March I will be renovating my garden .As the weather changes for the better. You have given me some additional tips to keep in mind.
This year I cut off the leaves and seed heads from perennial and ornamental grasses and it encourages new growth. I planted some flowers and vegetable in my garden too. To keep the plant healthy I regularly irrigate and apply compost fertilizer. Shrub rose is very nice in my garden and will start to grow more soon.
Besides, I think the best time to prune a tree is March.
This year I am planting tomatoes, broccoli, summer cabbage, beans etc. in my garden. Caring for my garden has given me great results and it is wonderful to see them grow well.
Lastly, I hope in March my garden will be wonderful and I will definitely follow the tips given in your article and hopefully get better results and will definitely share my new experience with you.
Hi Shanta, How are you? Thank you for stopping by to read my March – Jobs to do.
I truly hope that my advise helps you to improve your gardening skills and learn new things.
I would love to hear how you get on with all the plants and vegetables that you grow this year.
Happy Gardening my dear
Wow! Nice post.
Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful post with us. Your post is very informative.
I liked your article very much. There are a lot of spaces in my backyard for new plants and I was thinking about planting some trees, but I did not know which to choose, I got some ideas from you. I will grow vegetables in the backyard. I believe that by following 5 simple steps I will succeed.
I think those who read this post will know a lot about the garden in March.
Hello Tasmia, thank you for your comments, I hope you get lots of satisfaction from growing your own vegetables this season.
Best of luck in having great results.
I have the yard on my calendar of events next week so your articles really hit home in a timely fashion. The to do calendar is a quick go to, make my list and get it done tool. Thanks! I wasn’t quite sure about the pruning time line and also the measure of pruning and you answered that also. I think I’m going to look into the Electric Heated Propagator as my next new endeavor and if you have anymore tips for beginners…please share:) Thank You for the knowledge and the pictures are beautiful.
Thank you very much for your lovely comments.
I am always happy to know that I have helped in any small way. My Garden Calendar has tips and advice and a “to do list” for each month, so this might help you.
If you are looking at an electric heated Propagator to grow seeds then my article How to Grow Plant Seeds. 5 Easy Steps May be of help.
As will my “How to do” articles. https://plantsbulbsseeds.com/c…
This is a great and informative article and it is very important to me and really valuable. I will use some of your suggestions in my garden to grow more plants. My wife and I both love to garden and we love the variety of flowers. And March is the month of spring. The month when the trees grow new leaves and flowers start to appear in the garden. This is a loving month that lovers enjoy very much. We have gone through some great ideas about maintaining our backyard gardens at our own expense by reading your article. It’s very nice for us. We can use what we have found in your post to improve our gardening.
Hello and Thankyou for your comments,
It’s good to know that you found the information useful and that you and your wife can enjoy implementing some of the ideas in your own garden.
Thanks for the interesting review. I have been encouraged by reading your article.
March is the best time for planting flowers. It gives me joy to plant them in my own garden. My garden is in front of my house. I plant various kinds of flowers. I know that March is a great month for gardening. Now I am looking for making a vegetable garden. It will give me food which is necessary for my family. You have told me about some vegetables which will grow well in March. Flower lovers can learn a lot about gardening through your article. It is a helpful review.
Thank you for your comments, I love to hear that you are going to grow some of your own vegetables.
Hi, Louise. Many thanks to you for writing a beautiful article with flowers.
This is an extremely useful article for me because I love flowers and enjoy growing them. From your writing I’ve got some great ideas for garden maintenance that will benefit me a lot.
March is the perfect time to cultivate flowers.So during my leisure time this month I want to spend some time growing flowers.
I learned from the article Tomatoes in March,Pepper,Salads,Broad beans,Beetroot,Swiss chard,Onion sets,Potatoes,Brussels sprouts,Summer cabbage,Shallots,Garlic,Broccoli can be grown in March and besides the flower garden I also want to cultivate vegetables.
Looking forward to more beautiful articles. I will share the article among friends so that they too can read and understand the importance and benefits of gardening.
Thank you for your comments.
I hope you have great success with growing more flowers and vegetables in your garden.
Thank you for sharing.
Great and informative article and it is very important and really worth it to me and I’m going to implement this in my garden to grow more plants and flowers. I love how you have given some great ideas about keeping our self busy in summer by gardening and maintaining our Garden. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for your comments.
Gardening is good for everyone, if my post has encouraged you to grow more flowers and veg then that makes me very happy.