Other Jobs Around The Garden This March

Now is the ideal time to install a new pond or water feature.

Get rid of slimy patches on patios and paving by scrubbing with a broom or blasting with a pressure washer.

Remove any pond netting left over from the autumn/winter.

Install water butts for the season ahead. Position them under a downpipe to make the most of rainfall.

Scrub watering cans with hot soapy water to prevent fungal diseases.

Begin weeding as the weather warms, it’s easier to control weeds if you remove them while they’re still young.

Fertilise your beds. Once your soil is workable, dig a 5cm (or more) layer of compost or well-rotted 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.

Top Tip:

Build a compost bin before the growing season gets underway. If you already have one, check to see if there is any compost ready to use on vegetable beds. Move bags of compost into greenhouse to warm up for a week or two before using sowing.

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.