These March gardening jobs will help set the garden up for the rest of the year.
Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
Dividing perennials regularly will give a healthy and vigorous plant. They will continue to perform year after year. Lift plants gently with a garden fork, working outwards from the crown’s centre to limit root damage. Shake off excess soil so that roots are clearly visible.
Start to cut to ground or comb oriental grasses
Cut down to where the new growth is showing. Some oriental grasses need last year’s growth comb out either using your fingers or a grass rake. Just keep in mind of late frost before cutting back
Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
When pruned hard, the regrow is vigorous producing more colourful stems that brighten up the garden in winter.
Top dress containers with fresh compost
Apply a top dressing of fresh compost to all your pots and containers
First Mow of the year
Mowing your lawn is one of the most frequent and most important tasks to maintain a health lawn. Start your lawn mowing with a high cut on preferably dry grass if possible. Getting the cutting height and mowing frequency right can make a huge difference to the ongoing health of the lawn
Hoe and mulch weeds to keep them under control early
Start keeping weeds under control by using a hoe or hand weeding. To help suppress weed growth cover beds with an organic mulch. This will also help the ground to retain moisture.
Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain;
remove pond heaters
Remove any debris that’s fallen in to the pond over winter. Clean any filter, check pump it is working ok. Might be a good idea to check the water pH. Ideal pH is between 6.5 and 9. This can be done at any aquatic centre.
Prune bush and climbing roses
If you haven’t done it already prune all bush and climbing roses.