March is the perfect time to get your garden ready for spring and summer. William Mitchell of Sutton Manor Nursery has shared some essential tasks that need to be completed in March, so that you can prolong the shoots from winter and make sure your garden looks its best come springtime. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or new to it all, here are a few tips on how to prepare your garden for March 2023.
Mow the Lawn & Prune Plants
At the beginning of the month, start by mowing the lawn and pruning any plants that have been affected by the cold weather. Pruning is beneficial for your plants as it helps them grow healthier and encourages new growth. Make sure to wear protective clothing and use proper gardening tools when pruning. This will help you avoid cutting yourself or damaging the plants.
Choose the Right Plants of course 🙂
When selecting plants for your garden, choose drought-tolerant ones such as :
- barbecue rosemary
- blue spires
- Roman red salvia
- and deep blue plumbago
These types of plants require less water and maintenance, making them ideal for the warm weather and dry months ahead.
You can also take advantage of SAWS’ free Spring Bloom event on Saturday, March 11th, and receive one of these drought-tolerant plants if you’re one of the first 1,000 guests.
Be Careful with Crape Myrtle Topping !
Crape myrtle topping – also known as “crape murder” – should generally be avoided. Studies have linked this practice with crape myrtle bark scale, a nasty invasive insect which then creates honeydew and conducive conditions for sooty mold – an ugly black fungus that can cause serious damage to your plants.
It’s best to leave your crape myrtles alone and spread the word about not doing crape murder!
Get Watering & Feeding Right
Water and feed your plants regularly throughout the month, but be careful not to overdo it. Too much water can lead to root rot and leaching of nutrients, while too little can cause wilting and even death of the plant. Invest in a moisture meter and use it to check the soil before you water. Remember, different plants have different watering requirements, so research each species carefully before tending to it.
Use Compost & Mulch
Compost and mulch are great for improving soil health and suppressing weeds. Spread a thin layer of compost around your plants and shrubs and add mulch on top of it. This will help keep the soil moist and protect roots from drying out during the hot days of summer.
It’s important to remember that both compost and mulch break down over time, so they should be replaced every year or two.
Protect Your Garden From Pests & Disease
Keep an eye out for any pests or diseases that may be affecting your plants. If you spot any signs, act quickly and get rid of the affected area to prevent it from spreading. Most insects can be treated with pesticides or homemade remedies like neem oil or garlic spray. If you find any diseased plants, remove them immediately and dispose of them safely.
Take Time out For Yourself
Finally, don’t forget to take some time out for yourself. Gardening can be stressful and physically demanding, so try to relax and enjoy the process. Take regular breaks, breathe in the fresh air, and appreciate the beauty of nature. You could also take part in some local gardening events and activities, or join online forums to connect with other passionate gardeners.
Whether you’re a novice or an expert at gardening, these simple tips can help you stay on track and ensure that your garden is looking its best this coming spring.
When it comes to caring for your garden, preparation and consistency are key. So make sure to dedicate enough time and effort to getting your garden ready for March 2023 and beyond.
March is a month that you should not miss for your garden and vegetable garden. It is an excellent season to prepare for the summer that is slowly coming.
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