Tips for Gardening in March
Spring is by far the most welcoming and hopeful season of the year as the world around us begins to perk up after the long and sometimes harsh winter months. It’s also an exciting season for any gardeners who love to get their hands dirty and grow their plants and veg.
If you’re looking to have a fruitful summer of gardening, check out our tips below to help you get started.
Your garden will have gone through a great deal during the winter months. Start with a general tidy up of your borders and flower beds, removing any debris, dead leaves or weeds that may have gathered over the months.
Cleaning out borders and beds back to bare soil will open up room for all your fresh flowers and greenery. Add all the dead organic matter you’ve removed to a pile for composting – but be careful you don’t add the weeds as they are not suitable for composting.
Remove Garden Pests
If they can find their way into your homes, they’ll undoubtedly be all over your garden. Winter months bring an abundance of pesky pests and insects, so be sure to work on removing any and all you see before you start on your gardening.
Clear your pots and check your leaf litter for any lingering pests and bugs that may be hibernating. Carefully destroy any larvae you may find – whilst it’s not the most glamorous task, it will save you a world of trouble later on.
Fertilise and Spruce
Your garden is finally waking up after the long winter – which means it will need fuel and food. Apply careful amounts of fertiliser where needed and calculate what areas will need a broadcast application and what will require a simple topdress.
You could also thicken up your lawn if it’s looking a little thin – simply rake the ground gently to loosen the soil, spike it with a fork, sprinkle in a general garden fertiliser followed by a handful of fresh grass seed.
Start a Compost Pile
If you don’t have one already, start a compost pile or a compost bin – this is one of the most important steps to take when preparing for gardening.
A composting area gives you a dedicated space to put all your organic waste, breaking down any dead plants, leaves, pruning’s, grass clippings and more to give you a rich and organic compost for your plants to thrive on. Take a look at garden retailer Two Wests for some great composting essentials.
Sow Your Seeds
Start sowing your seeds as early as possible – especially for those plants which may need a longer growing season. Whilst most flowers require warmer coil to grow, you could start off by planting cool weather loving plants including pansies and nemesia.
A great tip is to plant your vegetables and flowers together – not only will they look gorgeous and colourful, but they’ll help to attract more bees which makes for a better vegetable crop.
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
Mulching is one of the easiest yet most beneficial steps you could take when preparing your garden for spring. It helps to retain moisture in your soil, suppresses weeds, prevents frost heaving in winter and of course, makes your garden beds look more attractive.
There’s certainly plenty to do as you prepare for a blissful summer full of gardening – so start working your way through our list to make the most of the coming months!