Tuesday, May 22, 2018

09 Mar

March Garden – Tidy, Protect & Maintain

Tidy your garden – Cut back, prune and divide.

Dead head early spring bulbs such as daffodils, leaving the foliage to die down naturally – this will help the bulbs put their energies into next year’s displays instead of making seed.

March Garden - Bulbs

Deadhead early spring bulbs such as daffodils, leaving the foliage to die down naturally

Also, dead head winter flowering pansies and other winter bedding.  Pansies will continue to flower well into Spring and even early summer if attended to frequently.

Cut back ornamental grasses and other perennials that have been left for their winter interest. March is your last chance to prune summer flowering deciduous shrubs such as Buddleia , Lavatera and Hydrangea. This will help rejuvenate them and bring them into flower in the summer.

Divide Snowdrops, Hellebores and Polyanthus-type Primulas after flowering.

Now is the best time to dig up your Hostas and divide them.   Gently loosen the soil around the Hosta clump and then lift it using your fork.  Split the clump and make sure you plant them straight away to avoid the roots drying out.

Prune your Roses for best results. Remove dead and damaged wood and cut diseased stems back to healthy growth. You can cut any Rose bush and hedge back by up to a half.

March Garden Maintenance


Deal with weeds, which are starting to  burst into growth just like everything else in your garden.  A hoe makes short work of clearing a large area.  Always hoe on a sunny, dry day to prevent the weeds re-growing.

Mulch helps keep down weeds and maintains a cool and moist soil. This month mulch and add organic matter to heavy clay soils. Compost or shredded leaves are good because they add nutrients to the soil. You can improve the drainage of your soil by working in plenty of organic matter.

Feed borders with a general-purpose fertiliser to add the nutrients your plants need for healthy growth.

Protection

Protect plants from frost – If the weather is mild remove winter coverings but make sure the risk of frost has passed. If frost is forecast, use fleece to protect the new leaves.

Make sure new growth on Lilies and Delphiniums are protected from slugs and snails.These pests love Hostas, which are just starting to grow. They will go for the kill and take the shoots before the leaves open. A good tip is to use some beer or citrus skins daily to trap them.   Alternatively try our biological control for slugs that is watered onto the ground for 6 weeks of protection.


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