March Gardening Tasks To Tackle

March 15, 2019

Don’t let fierce winds and piles of snow deter you from maintaining your lawn in March! The snow will thaw, and the gentle breeze will take over soon enough to welcome the colorful spring bloom.

With days getting longer and temperatures increasing gradually, the season can undo the effects of the cruel winter weather and breathe flowery life into your garden. This makes March an ideal month to grab your gardening tools and pruning shears and get your patch ready for a new spring life!

If you want your summer to be blooming with vibrant flowers and healthy vegetation, march into action with these gardening tips.

Prune Properly

March is the perfect month to prune the fruit-trees, late-flowering shrubs, and roses in your garden. The sap is building in these plants, and you will be cutting off their functional energy if pruning is delayed. Cut off the stems to the length of outward facing buds and seal the cuts with an infection preventing solution. Also remember to remove any damaged, dead or diseased stems to promote healthy growth.

However, avoid pruning the evergreens until April as these trees and plants depend on their foliage to grow in warm weather.

Fertilize Spring Bulbs

For an exciting flower display, pep up your established spring bulbs by fertilizing the ground optimally before the blooming season comes. Enrich the soil by adding a few inches of compost. Then apply a soluble fertilizer to the surface of your land. Another option is to scratch the topsoil carefully and add a granular or slow-release 10-10-10 or 10-15-10 formulation.

Be Wary Of Weeds

Spring and summer can foster the growth of unwanted weeds in your garden. Check their growth on paths, paved areas, and driveways by using effective herbicides. Perennial weeds must be controlled by digging out the ground all the way to their roots and applying a weed-killer composed of Glyphosate.

Clean Up The Patch

Cleaning up your garden is crucial for healthy growth of grass. Take a gardening fork and rake away leaves as well as fallen limbs and branches. But watch out where you step! Make sure that you are not compacting the soil during your cleaning chore. It’s smart to hold off until the ground is dry as walking on moist soil can compact it, affecting the growth of plants. You can check the dampness by taking a handful of soil and shaping it into a ball. Now drop this ball from your waist height. If the ball remains intact, the soil is too moist. But if it breaks apart, it is dry enough for you to walk on!

Sow Seeds Indoors

With occasional overnight frosts still in the forecast, the weather is not favorable for sowing. However, the good news is that you can sow them indoors. Start with some flowers and other garden plants and sow them in pots. Place them in the comfortable environment of your home before the weather is warm enough to transplant the pots outside. Some plants that you can sow indoors include tomatoes, melons, peppers, eggplant, squash and a variety of flowers and herbs.

Prepare The Land For Sowing

Although March is not good for sowing seeds, it is perfect to start preparing the land for the sowing season. Soil preparation is paramount to having a healthy and bountiful growth of your seeds and plants. Tend to your soil diligently to build fertility. Loosen up the topsoil to improve its ability to contain water and nourish your seeds and plants. Also, moss killers can be used during this time if you have a moss problem in your garden.

Need a professional gardener to attend to your lawn care needs? Call on SAB Lawn & Landscaping Inc for a thorough spring service today!

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