This Months Garden Diary - March
After a cold start to February let’s hope that spring is definitely on the horizon. Thankfully soils have absorbed the rains, but this may have depleted soil of vital nutrients so feeding of lawns, beds and borders will be key. Low temperatures should have reduced over-wintering pest problems, so plants should have a clean start to a new growing season. Despite the winter, spring bulbs such as daffodils, snowdrops and crocus are flowering at their normal time of year.
March is the start of the main gardening season and there are lots of things to get on with in the garden. But keep an eye on the weather, as frosts and cold winds can be prevalent, which can be damaging to the new growth of plants and young plants.
Beds and Borders . . .
Already you should be able to see small iris burst into blue, purple and mauve jewels and forsythia bushes clothed in their familiar, but nonetheless exciting bright yellow flowers. With milder weather the weeds will soon be popping up to cover any bare soil. Instead of hand weeding you can kill off these weeds with a spray of ready to use weed killer.
Feeding is first priority in the ornamental parts of the garden as flowering shrubs, perennials and climbers start to throw out new stems and leaves. They need to draw on a reserve of balanced nutrients to produce strong healthy growth and plenty of flowering potential.
Rhododendrons, Azaleas and other ericaceous plants such as heathers and pieris need to be fed with a special feed for acid-loving plants. Look out for packs that are marked clearly for "Azalea, Camellia & Rhododendrons".
Grass will be ready to grow strongly this month, so the lawn will need regular mowing from now on, weekly gives best visual results and encourages healthy grass plants.
If you haven’t been mowing through the winter, you’ll need to set the blades at their highest height and then gradually reduce this with subsequent mowing’s. You could stress and weaken the grass if you make the first cut too low. Ideally mow the grass on a dry day.
After the winter most lawns will benefit from a lawn food that will help the grass plants to green up, encourage the lawn to thicken up and generally spring into action. If moss is present, look in shaded areas or low-lying places where ever-wet soil will encourage its spread, use a lawn fertilizer that contains a moss control. After a few weeks the moss will have turned brown and can be raked up. There are plenty of proprietary brands to choose from.
Moss control without raking, try “No Rake” technology which is a combination of lawn food and Moss Control through naturally occurring bacteria that eat the moss so there is no need to rake.
Tips for a great looking lawn this summer
- Cut regular every 7 – 14 days is best this time of year
- Apply a Feed to encourage healthy growth and replace lost nutrients
- Apply a moss control, leave for 10-14 days then lightly raked out.
Does all this sound hard work? we already service many customers in your location, our service is often cheaper than doing it yourself.
Grow your Own…
Outside prepare the ground and sow parsnips, carrots, turnips, summer cabbage and broad beans. It's also time to plant onion sets ready to grow into huge onions by the end of the summer.
The soil for root vegetables is best left without the addition of organic matter or manure as this can encourage forking of the main root. But for all other crops you will improve the soil and its fertility by digging in a layer of Soil Improver.
During March sow first early potatoes that have been sprouting on a light windowsill. Sow the potato seed about 15cm (6in) deep in a trench that has been improved with Soil Improver. Once they are planted leave the soil surface flat. You will be able to draw soil over emerging shoots after they have emerged. These ridges of soil are created to protect the foliage whenever frost is forecast in April or May.
Fruit trees, bushes and canes will grow better and produce a bigger crop if they also receive a long-lasting feed at the beginning of the growing season.
Paths and Drives…
Cracks between paving and less worn areas at the edges of paths and drives are often colonised by unwanted vegetative growth. Other primitive growths such as moss and algae can also build up in these situations. This can make the area unsightly, uneven or slippery when wet.
If this is your drive or patio call us, we can review and recommend a plan to clean, control weeds, moss and algae on hard surfaces without the need to pressure wash.
If you would like help with any lawn or patio cleaning projects, don’t hesitate to call Greener Gardens. We would be delighted to provide a no obligation quotation.
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