This Month In The Garden - March

Below are just some of the things we will be doing in our clients gardens within the next month or so. If you are finding that you don't have the time to spend in the garden, don't enoy gardening or are finding it diffcult to manage why not let Snowdrop look after your garden for you?
Thank you to The Gardeners Guild for allowing us to use this exclusive information.
1. Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
2. Plant summer-flowering bulbs
3. Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
4. Top dress containers with fresh compost
5. Feed all your plants with a balanced fertiliser to support new growth.
6. Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
7. Weeds come back in to growth - deal with them before they get out of hand
8. Start feeding fish – a little and often is best.
9. Place mulch around new plants to prevent weeds, retain moisture and improve the soil.
10. Protect new spring shoots from slugs
11. Remember garden hygiene – regularly deadhead and clear up dead leaves etc
12. Don’t let pots become too dry – keep them moist but not water logged.

Lawn Care

- Don’t cut newly laid turf until the grass reaches 2in (5cm) in height. Turf can be laid but be careful not to compact the spoil.
- Provided the ground is not too wet mow your grass if it shows signs of growth. Don’t shock your lawn by cutting it short straight away – the first cut should be higher than normal.
TOP TIP: If you didn’t do it last autumn it’s not too late to scarify the lawn – raking out dead moss and thatch. This will encourage new grass growth.

Trees, shrubs and climbers

- It’s still okay to plant deciduous hedging plants, shrubs and trees.
- As a general rule, you can prune deciduous shrubs between January and March i.e. before they flower in the summer. Some examples are Buddleja, Caryopteris, Hydrangea, Lavatera, fuchsia, and Ceanothus.

- Some shrubs such as Buddleja are usually cut back very hard (stooled) to keep them at a manageable size.
- March is a good month to plant roses especially if you live in colder areas but remember not to plant them where roses have been planted previously.

- Prune standard and bush roses as they start growing but before the leaves start to unfurl.
- Don’t pruning any spring-flowering shrubs until after they have flowered otherwise you will lose this years display.
- Renovated deciduous climbers will be easy now – live stems will have buds so prune out the dead stems with no buds.

- Cutting off the old leaves from hellebores at ground level will expose the flowers and reduce the chance of foliar diseases.
- Plant herbaceous perennials.
- Divide and/or plant snowdrop bulbs while they still have leaves on them – this is called planting in-the-green and some bulbs preferred to be moved when the foliage is just dying down.
- In mild areas you can sow Sweet peas outside.

- Cut back ornamental grasses and other perennials to make way for new growth.
- Plant summer-flowering bulbs.
- Divide clumps of herbaceous perennials that you want to propagate. Good examples are those that have grown too big or that are flowering poorly.
- Divide hostas before the leaves appear but don’t Divide hellebores until after they have flowered.
- Keep deadheading winter bedding plants such winter-flowering pansies to prolong your display.

Pond Care

- Check that the pumps are working, clean out the filters and start to feed the fish.
- You can also divide your marginal plants if you want to spread them around or if they are getting too big.

TOP TIP: Keep an eye on the water level of your pond to make sure the frost hasn’t caused any leeks.

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