21 Garden Tasks to Accomplish In March
March is upon us. There have been multiple posts on social media with countdowns until the first day of spring – we’re ready! So with that in mind, here’s a list of March garden tasks to us keep busy, and prepare for the garden season to begin!
A quick note: This month’s post has helpful links within the garden task descriptions. We hope to point you to some of the great resources we’ve discovered for additional ideas and tips!
1. For those of you with lawn areas, get your lawn mower and edging tools ready to go. In warmer areas, if the lawn has dried out a bit and isn’t so wet, you may even be able to go ahead and do your first spring mowing, but be sure and do so on the highest setting. You can also reseed bare patches.
2. If you’re thinking about getting rid of some of your lawn areas, this is a great time to tear up the sod, add manure and mulch to the new bedding areas, and dig everything in well. You’ll enjoy the added areas of flower beds, and the lower maintenance/water requirements for the lawn you replaced. Take a look at our Pinterest board “Grass and Lawn Alternatives” for some ideas.
3. If you’ve been wanting to try out raised bed gardening, this is an excellent time to build one, or two, or more of them! A member of our GardenBunch community recently added one to her yard, utilizing the M Braces from our friends at Art of the Garden. With these braces, all you have to do is get the lumber cut to the desired lengths, and then insert them into the M Braces. She reports it was SUPER easy, and they look great. The braces are made in the US with recycled steel, and will weather to a rusted finish over time. After construction, just fill in the raised bed with compost/peat moss/garden soil.
4. For vegetable gardeners, start digging in compost, manure and other needed amendments. Time to get your soil ready for planting the seeds you’re starting inside under the grow lamps!
5. You can also cover the newly amended vegetable beds with black plastic to help the soil warm up.
6. If your soil is warmed up, and the danger of frosts have passed, you can start setting out early crops such as beans, sweet peas, early potatoes, onion sets, and rhubarb. See the new offerings from one of our favorite family owned seed companies, Irish Eyes Garden Seeds.
7. Finish up any planting of bare root roses and trees in milder areas. Bare root strawberries can also be planted now. Be sure and water well the first few months until they are well established.
8. Divide up and plant any perennials that have developed those bald spots in the middle.
9. Cut back your perennial grasses, even if those are looking good. It will help encourage the new growth.
10. Clean up weeds in your flower and plant beds. You can lay mulch down afterwards. Don’t mulch over unweeded beds or you’ll just help the weeks grow even more!
11. If it was too cold in February to prune your roses back, you should be able to accomplish this task this month. Afterwards, mulch and add some light fertilizer.
12. In general, this is a good time to feed woody plants with general purpose fertilizer. Your camellias and rhododendrons will also appreciate the appropriate feeding now, to encourage gorgeous blossoms in mid-to-late spring.
13. If you have tender perennials, this is a good time to prevent slugs devouring them. Put out slug bait or traps.
14. Plant your summer blooming bulbs. Be sure to add compost, some bone meal with each one. Use the summer bloomers to fill in anticipated gaps in your garden beds.
15. For spring blooming bulbs, deadhead any spent flowers, but remember to leave the leaves and let them wither naturally. They need the leaves to help build energy for the next season’s blooms. They may look a bit messy for a while; perhaps plant some spring annuals in those areas to help distract from the earlier bulbs.
16. If any of your current plants will need support during the upcoming season, add trellises and supports now so the plants can utilize them as they grow. Adding supports later can be problematic.
17. If you don’t already have a compost bin or area, start one now! Add the grass clippings from your first spring moving, the clippings from your perennial clean up. You can then start adding some shredded paper bits (a GREAT way to get rid of junk and confidential mail) as well as food scraps from your kitchen. The benefits of having your own compost are so wonderful for your garden! Read some great tips for composting on our Pinterest board.
18. Composts don’ts: No meat scraps (you’ll encourage rodents to visit or nest), no weeds (they’ll nicely reseed all over your yard when you use the compost later). Trust us. We learned the hard way on both accounts!
19. Keep feeding and providing water and shelter for your bird friends. You might also want to take feeders down and give them a good cleaning as spring arrives. Then refill with seed and keep enjoying the garden visitors! Clean out the bird bath as well.
20. Clean off the patio and hardscapes around your house and garden. If necessary, take some time to pressure wash them before your garden is really blossoming.
21. For inside house plants, start feeding them again, and if needed, repot so they have room for the upcoming growth season.
So there you have it – your March garden tasks! Enjoy, and get out there and GARDEN!!!
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