Get Ready for Spring: March Gardening Tips

March 11, 2022 | | |

March means that spring is almost here - the first official day of spring is Sunday, March 20th. We are springing forward, days are getting longer, and plants are starting to sprout up from the ground. We are even enjoying some early spring blooms like Helleborus and pansies. It’s time to get busy and start prepping your garden for the growing season. We’ve got some tips and tricks to share with you. 

Add these tasks to your March gardening “To-Do List”: 

Prepare Your Trees

Prepare Your Trees

Early March is the time to prune peach, plum, cherry, and apricot trees. If you hadn’t pruned your apple trees and any other shade or fruit tree back in February, prune them now as well. Apply dormant spray to fruit trees, shade trees, and shrubs to help control insects such as aphids, scale, and mites that will be coming back in the spring. 

 

Prepare Your Garden Soil & Beds

Prepare Your Garden Soil & Beds

It’s time to shake off the winter vibes and remove the winter layer of mulch from around perennials and roses. Rake out debris from your flower and shrub beds. If you are planning on moving your shrubs, do it now before they start to bud. 

Once the soil has dried out enough, nutrient-rich compost can be added to flower beds. Don’t work the soil if it’s too wet because it causes compaction. 

Check the consistency of your soil - it should crumble when squeezed in your palm and then be released. Apply fertilizer to your shrubs and perennials. Some shrubs may also need an application of iron in March. 

You may also like to read: 5 Things to do While Waiting for Spring

 

Prepare Your Flowers

Prepare Your Flowers

It will feel as if they’ve just arrived but make sure that spring-flowering shrubs like forsythia and lilac are pruned as the blooms start to fade. Also, prune your rose bushes as the leaf buds start to swell. Summer flowering shrubs like potentilla and many spireas can be pruned at the end of March or early April. 

Start begonias, dahlias, and other tubers indoors for earlier blooms. For more on starting bulbs indoors, check out How to Start Seeding Indoors

Another useful resource: Growing from Seed

 

Prepare Your Garden Tools & Equipments 

Prepare Your Garden Tools

It’s time to break out your equipment and make sure your garden tools are still working and in good shape. Service your power equipment and sharpen your lawnmower blades. Now is also a good time to organize your tool sheds and storage areas so that come gardening time you won’t waste any time finding what you need. 

If short days, spent mostly inside have given you the winter blues, we are almost there! Getting back out in the garden has numerous benefits for our mental and physical health. Take care of these gardening items in March and springtime will be here before you know it. If you’re a newbie ready to start a garden, the expert gardeners at Glover Nursery are so happy to help. Consider joining our Facebook community for a wealth of shared knowledge and beautiful gardening pictures.

You might also be interested: Planning Your Garden

 

Other useful links and resources:

Early Spring Recommended Products

5 Things to do While Waiting for Spring