In The Flower Garden This March

Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a slow-release fertiliser by lightly forking it into the soil surface.

Prune clematis, prune early-flowering varieties once their flowers have finshed and summer-flowering ones before they start into active growth.

Move deciduous trees or shrubs. Now is the time to do this task, provided the soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged.

Prune roses now to encourage strong new growth. Also feed roses with special rose feed or balanced fertiliser as they come into growth.

Deadhead daffodils as the flowers finish and let the foliage die back natually.

Prune winter-flowering jasmine after flowering, to encourage new growth for next year’s blooms. Cut back the previous year’s growth to 5cm from the old wood.

Continue to deadhead winter pansies to stop them setting seed. This will encourage flushes of new flowers throughout the spring.

Finish cutting back dead foliage from perennials and ornamental grasses to make way for new growth.

Cut the old leaves off hellebores to remove any foliar diseases and make spring flowers more visible.

Top Tip:

Put supports in. If any of your garden plants or climbers need supporting this year, put them in now, so plants can grow up through them. Adding supports afterwards is trickier and often looks unattractive.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Remove weeds, thatch and moss from your lawn and improve drainage.
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs.
  • Protect new spring shoots from slugs.
  • Hoe and mulch weeds to keep them under control early.
  • Top dress containers with frest compost.