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Gardening tips for March
The new season starts in earnest this month. Nature stirs into growth as the weather improves and the soil warms. Drifts of bright yellow Daffodils proclaim that spring is really here. Follow the expert tips below to get your garden into shape for the months ahead.
Hanging baskets and window boxes with a cheerful display of early season bedding plants including Primroses, Pansies, Violas and potted bulbs.
One of the most economical way to fill your tubs and baskets with colour this coming summer is to grow your own bedding plants from young plants. Choose from our comprehensive range in-store now. Plant up immediately into 9cm pots to grow on in a warm frost-free greenhouse, conservatory or windowsill with good light.
Spring clean the terrace with a jet-wash and take the opportunity to give the fence a fresh coat of stain for the new season.
Hoe borders to remove weeds, applying a good layer of mulch over the surface to lock in moisture and help keep weeds at bay. Mulch, such as Bloomin Amazing or well-rotted manure, also helps to improve the soil and give plants a well-needed spring boost.
Feed borders with Chicken Manure Pellets, applied and lightly forked in as per the instructions on the tub. Don’t forget to feed your hedges too.
Winter flowering Heathers that have started to fade can be lightly trimmed now with snips or shears, to help keep them tidy and compact.
Prune summer flowering shrubs, such as Buddleia, Lavatera and hardy Fuchsias now to allow for fresh new growth bearing this year’s flowers.
Deciduous grasses left uncut to shelter overwintering insects as well as for their winter display should be cut back now to make way for striking fresh new foliage.
Support wildlife by planting new hedges, trees and shrubs. See our range of trees, shrubs and hedging plants, available in store or online.
Plant new cottage garden plants. Planted now they will establish quickly to put on a good display in the summer. Re-invigorate existing plants that are tired or congested by lifting and dividing before planting in their new positions.
Place plant supports around any existing plants already bursting into spring growth. By doing so now the overall look is more natural and any plant damage avoided.
Hardy annuals such as Nigella, Centaurea and Calendula can be sown now, in gaps where they are intended to flower. Sweet Peas can be sown outside now too, ready for picking later in the summer after earlier sowings have finished flowering.
Plant summer flowering bulbs, such as Gladiolus and Ranunculus where they are to flower. Dahlias and Begonias should also be started into growth now under the protection of a frost-free greenhouse.
If not done so already, finish any pruning of roses before any new season leaves start to unfurl. Top dress with rose food and mulch with farmyard manure or Bloomin Amazing for the new season.
If you haven’t done so already, prepare vegetable beds for spring planting by removing weeds and forking plenty of garden compost or well-rotted manure. These will also help to keep the soil drier, for easier seed sowing.
As weather and soil conditions allow, plant shallots, onions and early potatoes. Choose from our extensive range of varieties, including up to 40 varieties of seed potatoes.
If space allows, consider planting an Asparagus bed. One of the most prized of all vegetables, once established they reward you with a spring bounty of delicious spears for many years to come.
Keep an eye out for slugs and use Slug Gone to protect new growth.
Time to prick out and pot on seedlings and cuttings that have made sufficient roots.
Pot up and grow on young plants of your chosen summer bedding plants ready to plant out when all risk of frost has passed. Growing from the young plug plant stage is an economical way to raise good numbers of plants and is ideal for those who didn’t get round to sowing seed in good time earlier in the season.