Isn’t it lovely when, at this time of year, we get a sunny day, or even a few lighter hours, when we can get out again into our garden?
The soil is still cold, but if it is not wet, we can weed and cut out the remains of the winter brown. This instantly gives any garden, and its gardener, a lift and shows off the Spring bulbs to their best.
Even without a garden, thoughts can turn to pots on balconies and patios, which can benefit from a quick weed and top dressing of multipurpose compost.
Here is a quick list, by no means exhaustive, of jobs for March.
Prune and feed roses – before it gets too warm when leaves can ‘break’. The 3 ‘Ds’ – dead, diseased and damaged material, can be removed at anytime. Now is the time to tackle the 4th ‘D’ known as, dysfunctional. If it looks wrong it can come out.
Cut shrubs and rose’s near a bud, sloping away with sharp secateurs, for maximum effect. Dead-head last year’s flowering plants.
Put your tall perennial supports in now – you wil see where plants are coming up, and early staking will save time and possible damage later on in the season. Remember, March can be windy.
Divide clumps of snowdrops, when they have finished flowering, but are still ‘in the green’. You will get much more success transplanting the bulbs when they still have some foliage. Why not swap some with neighbours to increase variety (of course, in a Covid safe manner!)
Dead-head daffodils to stop them setting seeds, and to encourage bulbs to naturalise.
Don’t neglect those lovely flowering amaryllis (Hippeastrum) that may have finished their magnificent display. Put them still in their pots outside in a frost free place. Water and feed them with tomato feed, interestingly. Then in September cut off all the foliage. When they start to sprout new leaves. They will come magnificently, all over again. Great gifts for Christmas.
And remember – to clean and sharpen tools in anticipation of the excitement ahead. Also known as Summer. Plus, service the Lawnmower.