Rob’s Springtime Update: March

Frosty Trees

It’s the start of meteorological spring, however, the risk of frost has not passed. Keep this in mind when deciding what jobs to start in the garden. Preparing this now will pay dividends come springtime.

It has been a very wet winter so try to spend as little time as possible in flower beds to prevent soil compaction.

There is still plenty to be getting on with:

  • Continue planting trees
  • Feed already planted trees with slow release fertilizer. Remove weeds, mulch with bark. Consider rabbit/deer protection.
  • Dehead Daffodils and the flowers fade but leave foliage.
  • Trim fading flowers from winter flowering heather using shears.
  • Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs (providing the ground isn’t too wet)
  • Prune bush and climbing roses.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses.
  • Weed, feed and mulch beds and borders providing ground isn’t too wet or cold.
  • Winter recovery of lawns (see RHS website for tips)
  • PLAN AHEAD! Beds, borders, wildflower areas etc.

What to look out for at this time of year:

Birds begin to nest, flowers such as Grape Hyacinth, Primroses, Camellias, Crocuses. New growth of Bluebells, Lily of the Valley and Tulips emerging.