Gardening Tasks For March

You probably won’t mind doing things in the garden by this time of year because the sun stays out just a little bit longer, the temperatures are usually a little bit higher and the weather is a little less rainy. Usually it is around this time of year that we all want to start preparing our garden for summer, but sometimes deciding what needs to be done most is the most difficult part. This guide should help your prioritise what is important!

Spring Clean

There’s no better way to prepare for summer and spring than having a good spring clean! You should clean up any leaves, moss or other debris around the garden as well as weeding and digging over your flower beds and other patches of land. When you’re digging over them, try to incorporate as much organic matter as possible; you’ll really notice the benefits it gives your soil.

Mow The Lawn

Mowing the lawn is probably one of the easiest ways of making your garden look more presentable, and it doesn’t really have to take much longer than five minutes! You should, however, try to do this on a dry day, and when the soil is moderately dry, otherwise it may be difficult!

Patch Up The Lawn

Of course, you can’t very well mow the lawn if it is not in good condition. Sprinkle grass seeds over any areas that are looking particularly bare, and get rid of any molehills or worm casts.

Take Care of Your Roses

It is from March that you should start to take proper care of your roses. They can be susceptible to diseases such as black spot and mildew. You can prevent this by spraying them with fungicide every two weeks or so until the autumn. It is important that, if any parts of your roses are already infected, they need to be burnt- leaving them on the compost heap means that you could spread the diseases elsewhere in your garden.

Protect Your Fruit

As the weather is warming up, the birds will start making more of an appearance in your garden. This might be a good thing for the keen birdwatcher in you, but it’s not quite such good news for berries and other fruits in your garden. Cover any fruit or berry plants with netting to prevent them from disappearing before you know it!

Use Organic Fertiliser on Your Plants

Organic fertiliser is the most effective way to get the best out of your plants. They’re better than chemical fertilisers because they encourage steady growth with a slow release of nutrients instead of rapid growth which may leave plants more at risk of diseases and pests.

Are there any garden tasks you do every year in March? Perhaps you have tips and advice on how best to carry out some of the tasks on this list?  Share your tips or ask your questions in the comments section below!

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