Garden Jobs for Early Spring
Posted on March 03, 2017
Unless you’re a weather hardened, year-round gardener, the slightly warmer weather of March is usually the earliest most of us will consider getting out to work in the garden. Here’s our guide to tackling those early Spring essential jobs to ensure healthy trees, shrubs and hedges, bountiful fruits and veg and beautiful blooms.
Trees, Shrubs and Hedges
- Make sure you book in your Tree and Hedge seasonal trims nice and early before nesting season gets under way. It’s illegal to disturb, move or destroy an active nest and so if we discover one in a pre-work check then the project is postponed until the nest is empty later in the year. Find out more on this in our Nesting Season Blog Post.
- If you’re planning to move deciduous trees or shrubs, try getting it done now if the soil is not waterlogged or frozen.
- Plant apple, cherry and other fruit trees in a sunny but sheltered spot. If you have a small garden you can opt for dwarf fruit trees.
- Plant up native hedges to provide habitats for wildlife.
Flowers and Bulbs
- Prune existing roses and plant bare root roses. Make sure you feed your roses with a dedicated rose feed as they come into growth.
- If the ground is soft enough to work, dig in a layer of compost or well-rotted manure approximately 5cm deep into beds to prep the area for the coming growing season.
- Plant up summer flowering bulbs into beds and containers
- Plant up any new herbaceous perennials and divide any established plants.
- Sow any flower seeds, to ensure they are ready for planting out in June.
- Keep an eye out for pesky slugs as the weather gets warmer; they prefer soft new growth but you can use nematodes as an organic control method.
Vegetables and Fruits
- Provided your soil isn’t waterlogged or frozen you can plant onion, shallot and garlic sets.
- Sow carrot, radish and lettuce seeds in your greenhouse borders or under cloches.
- Using cloches to cover your strawberries can also encourage earlier fruiting.
- Feed any blueberry plants with an ericaceous fertiliser.
- Sow tomato seeds in the greenhouse or in pots on a sunny window sill to get an early crop.
Lawns, Paths and Other Garden Jobs
- Mow your lawn on a dry day and set blades higher than normal.
- Lay any required new turf but only of the ground is not frozen or water logged.
- If you are planting lawns from seed, use the time now to prepare the soil in advance of sowing.
- Scrub pathways and patios and treat any decking that needs attention.
- Start weeding as the weather improves. Weeds are easier to tackle if you get them young.
- Make/build a series of small bug habitats to encourage diverse wildlife into your garden.
- Invest in a water butt to save money on watering your garden through the summer. Pop it under a downpipe to make the most of rainfall run-off.
- Clean out any watering cans to remove fungal growth from the winter.
- Sort seeds and make a plan for sowing and planting throughout the growing season.