advice for march
Looking around the garden you can see signs of spring everywhere. Plants
are resuming growth and so too are the weeds and pests. Get going now
and it will be easier to keep on top of things.
If the lawn is growing again you can give it a good trim; it is a good
idea to raise the mower deck slightly for the first cut of the season.
As always, remember to keep off the ground if it is waterlogged to avoid
compacting the soil structure.
Cornus (dogwoods) and Salix (willows) grown for winter stem colour can
be cut back now to produce fresh growth. Branches tend to grow thicker,
darker bark over time while new shoots provide the most vivid hues. Some
choose to stool these shrubs cutting all the stems hard or you can
stagger the process by pruning just 1-in-3 stems each year.
March is the best time for planting new roses and any bare-root plants
should get in the ground by the end of the month. Perennials can be
lifted & divided now too. Propagating in this way is easy, economical