March

In the Fruit Garden In March

Cut autumn-fruiting raspberry canes to the ground to stimulate new canes, which will fruit in the autumn.

Protect the blossoms of apricots, peaches and nectarines from frost with a screen or horticultural fleece.

Cover strawberries with a cloche to encourage earlier fruiting.

Cut the tips of summer-fruiting raspberry canes that have grown beyond the top of their supports – cut just above the bud.

Mulch rhubarb with a thick layer of well-rotted manure to keep it healthy and reduce moisture loss through the soil. Take care not to cover the crown.

Feed blueberry plants with ericaceous plant fertiliser.

 

Top Tip:

Mulch fruit trees with well-rotted manure or garden compost. Take care not to mound the mulch up around the tree trunks.

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.