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Advice & Tips

To Do This Month - March

Hopefully, spring will arrive mid-March, and more frequent sunny days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks. It's time to get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.

• Keep feeding the birds in your garden, and put up nesting boxes for the birds.
• Mulch bare soil to help deter weeds and conserve moisture, with garden compost
• Visit the garden centre and choose some summer-flowering bulbs to plant.
• As the weather gets warmer the weeds will begin to grow – get weeding to keep your garden looking lovely
• Sow - Broad beans, carrots, parsnips, early potatoes, radish, peas, lettuce, spinach, dwarf French beans, chard.
• Prune rose bushes, and feed with rose fertiliser or organic compost, watch for first signs of black spot and treat to prevent an outbreak
• Patch repair your lawn, either with grass seed or new turf, and remember to water the treated areas
• Any leeks and parsnips left should be dug up now
• Get petrol mowers and power tools serviced
• Lift and divide overgrown clumps of Perennials
• Cut back last year’s Buddleia
• Plant onion sets
• Dig compost into borders to retain water
• Prune shrub roses to low new shoots
• Cut back overgrown honeysuckle
• Sprinkle granular fertilizer round roses
• Buy young bedding plants to grow on in the greenhouse
• Add copper rings to pots to protect plants from slugs and snails
• Sow sweet peas into deep pots
• Plant summer flowering bulbs
• Use organic slug pellets (based on ferric phosphate) to help control slugs
• Mow the lawn on dry days, keeping the blades set higher than normal
• How and mulch weeds to keep them under control
• Clean tools, pots and greenhouse staging to help prevent diseases
• Buy ‘plug-plants’ and grow on a sunny back bedroom or windowsill
• Plant any new perennials
• Sew flower seeds so they are ready for planting out in June
• Dead head daffodils and allow the foliage to die back naturally – helps feed the bulb for next year
• Plant raspberry canes
• Sort your seeds by sowing date, month by month
• Invest in waterbutt and positon them under a downpipe to make use of the rainfall
• Towards the end of the month, - time to plant summer bedding plants