These are 10 jobs for the garden in March
Green-fingered Brits are being offered tips on which gardening jobs they should get ahead of in March as we approach spring.
Other jobs will involve prepping and cleaning the garden like cleaning the patio.
Chris Bonnett from GardeningExpress.co.uk said: “A lot of our March garden jobs will involve prep for Spring and Summer.
“As the weather warms up slightly, our gardens will slowly start coming back to life, so now is a good time to do things like get rid of weeds and prepare your soil.
“It’s always best to keep an eye on the weather as we all know British weather doesn’t always follow through. If you find that it’s still cold where you live then you may be able to put some of these jobs on hold for now.
“Despite the cold weather, there are still other jobs you can do in your garden this month like cleaning your patio and tidying up your lawn, ready for any entertaining you hope to do throughout Spring and Summer.”
Jobs for March:
Plant summer bulbs
As Spring settles in, the soil will be warming, making it a good time to plant bulbs so that they’re ready for summer, giving you a beautiful and bright garden for entertaining.
Keep on top of weeding
Unfortunately, as plants start to arrive in Spring, so do weeds. Weeds tend to germinate in the Spring so tackling them now means you may be able to prevent them from fully sprouting.
Keep slugs and snails at bay
As much as we love warm weather, so do slugs and snails so it’s best to take precautions now and start scattering slug and snail pellets before they ruin your garden.
Prepare the veg plot
If you’re hoping to grow some veg this year then now is a good time to prep and improve the soil. Most vegetables grow best in rich soil and you can enrich yours by adding things like bark, manure and grass clippings.
Plant rocket potatoes
Most potatoes will need planting in April but rocket potatoes can be planted earlier, towards the end of March, meaning they’ll be ready for harvest in June/July. Rocket potatoes are considered to be one of the better variations of potatoes because they’re great for boiling.
Refresh pots with long term plants
Long-term plants like shrubs in pots will need some TLC. Take out the top layer of compost and replace it. This will give your plants a bit of a boost.
Another veg that you can get ready to plant in March is onions. Onions need fairly dry and warm soil and planting them in March will give you a nice harvest in the late summer or early autumn.
For those hoping to grow their own fruit this year, why not try growing strawberries. Planing now gives you a harvest around early summer and early autumn. Strawberries are ripe and ready to harvest when they’re bright red, however, it's worth noting that they don’t remain fresh for too long once ripe, so eat them sooner rather than later.
Don’t neglect the lawn
Tidy the edges of your lawn and prepare any new areas for sowing grass and treat unwanted moss that has grown over the autumn and winter. To get rid of moss simply apply some moss killer or lawn sand.
Clean the patio
After the winter months, there’s probably a build-up of dirt and grime so the beginning of Spring is a good time to get this all cleaned. This can be done with a jet wash, or by mixing water and vinegar together and scrubbing with a garden broom.