In The Flower Garden This March

Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as daffodils, snowdrops and tulips.

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 finished and summer-flowering ones before they start into active growth.

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

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

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 look unattractive.

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

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

Top Tip:

Fertilise your beds. Once your soil is workable, dig 5cm (or more) layer of compost or well-rotted manure into your beds to prepare for the growing season ahead. You can also work in a general-purpose fertiliser, such as pelleted chicken manure or fish, blood and bone. 

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 fresh compost.