March Tips for your Garden

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”  Hal Borland

Cut back ornamental grasses and other perennials left for winter interest to make way for new growth.

Cornus, Salix and other shrubs grown for their colourful winter stems should be cut back to their bases to promote new growth.

Cut the old leaves off hellebores to make spring flowers more visible.

As soon as they look untidy, deadhead early flowering bulbs leaving the foliage to die back naturally.

Snowdrop bulbs can be divided after flowering but whilst still in leaf. Replant the divided bulbs at same depth as they were before.

Tidy up alpines that are starting to flower, remove the dead foliage, then mulch with grit to keep the foliage off damp soil.

Plant lilies and other summer flowering bulbs into available spaces in borders, or they can be put into pots.

Finish pruning roses early in the month.

Protect new growth on lilies, delphiniums, and hostas from slugs and snails.

As the weather gets warmer begin weeding – it’s easier to control weeds if you remove them while they’re still young.

If your lawn needs mowing choose a dry day and set your blades higher than usual.

Lay new turf if the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged.

Build or buy a new compost bin, in readiness for the coming season’s garden waste.

Install water butts and position under a downpipe to make the most of rainfall.

Take down bubble insulation in the greenhouse once temperatures start to rise to let in more light. Open doors and vents to increase ventilation on warm, sunny days.

Keep putting out food for garden birds. Also help with nesting material by tying bunches of tiny twigs, dried moss, and other stringy vegetable matter near your feeders.

Remove pool heaters from ponds when the weather starts to warm. Clean out pond filters. Replace pumps, water features and lighting systems, after checking they are in working order.

Begin dividing marginal and bog garden plants if overcrowded. Contain vigorous perennials by planting in aquatic plant baskets and top with a layer of gravel to prevent fish stirring up the compost. Cut back old marginal vegetation from around the pond.

To prepare for the growing season ahead dig compost, well-rotted manure or green waste into your vegetable beds.

To read more helpful hints, head to our gardening tips section here, or check out some of our delicious recipe ideas here.