March garden advice…

Spring usually arrives by mid-March and the frequent sunny days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks.

So with the warmer days just around the corner it is now time to start planning what to do in your garden.

Here are our top tips for where to start…

Top ten tasks:

  • Protect new spring shoots from slugs.
  • Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes.
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs.
  • Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials.
  • Top dress containers with fresh compost.
  • Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed).
  • Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems.
  • Hoe and mulch weeds to keep them under control early.
  • Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain.
  • Prune bush and climbing roses.

If you are a wildlife lover:

  • Spring-flowering plants bring valuable early nectar for insects. Think about introducing Ornamental cherry trees, forsythia, ribes, mahonia or sarcococca or some of our native plants, such as blackthorn and wild cherry.
  • Consider buying and hanging a bee nesting box.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of slugs and snails. Put slug prevention in place, especially around young vulnerable shoots.
  • If weather is mild, keep vigilant for pests and diseases.
  • Keep providing birds with fresh water and food. Avoid big pieces that fledglings may choke on.

Its not just the outside:

  • Fill your house with flowers – plucking blooms from the garden or hedgerow is irresistible during Spring.
  • Bud vases filled with Primroses scattered across a dining table, create the most magical Sunday lunch setting; vessels of Daffodils and Grape Hyacinths fill the home with bright contrasting colour and large vases filled with architectural branches of blossom, create impact in any entrance hall.
  • The season should be enjoyed both inside and out.

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