March Gardening Advice

Well fellow gardeners we made it! Hopefully we are on the home stretch of the gloomy dark days and we will soon be greeted with daffodils and lambs. March is a time to start thinking about the all mighty ‘Spring Clean’ and this stands for in the garden too.

Bare root season is still in full swing and with the recently cold weather we have been experiencing, the ground is still perfect for getting the dormant plants in before the Spring warmth comes along. Bare roots are the most affordable way of achieving a hedge. Deciduous hedging plants include popular species such as Beech, Alder and Bird Cherry. If you are looking for some evergreen species, we suggest planting these towards the end of the month. In warmer areas, evergreen trees and shrubs can be moved in late March. It is better to wait until early April in colder areas. Make sure the soil is not waterlogged or frozen solid, and bear in mind that they will need careful attention to watering if they are to survive their first summer after moving. why not try Box, Daisy bush or Holly. When planting bare roots, we suggest using Rootgrow which is an organic mycorrhizal (pronounced my-cor-y-zal) fungi – a friendly fungi for plants which greatly promotes healthy growth. On our new website, there is an auto-calculation function that will tell you at the checkout the amount of Rootgrow you will need for the amount of hedging you are ordering. Clever hey!

March is also the perfect time to plant roses, however avoid planting in areas where roses were previously grown, otherwise new introductions may suffer from replant disease. Prune roses to encourage strong new growth, but remember to wear gardening gloves to protect from thorns! Delay pruning spring-flowering shrubs until after they have flowered, otherwise this year’s display will be lost.

Do not prune slightly tender evergreen shrubs (such as Choisya, best left until April), but do tackle hardier examples such as Prunus laurocerasus (cherry laurel), if necessary. Deciduous flowering Prunus species (ornamental cherries, plums and almonds) are vulnerable to silver leaf if pruned before mid-summer, and anyway should not require routine pruning if planted with sufficient space for their eventual size. Maintain pruning on pollarded trees such as willow (Salix) and lime (Tilia), cutting back all growth to within two or three buds of the crown. (taken from RHS). You can prune overwintered fuchsias back to one or two buds on each shoot. Also prune Winter Flowering Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) after flowering to encourage new growth for next year’s blooms. Cut back the previous years growth to 5cm from the old wood.

Most of you will start to have a re-arrange in the gardens in preparation for Summer. It is worth to feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a with a slow-release fertiliser and do so by lightly forking it into the soil surface. Have a look at your fabulous FSC approved tools that will help get this job done!

We hope you have a wonderful March and you are all looking forward to the Spring ahead, we have Easter at the end of the month too so get stocked up on the Easter eggs!
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