Spring is nearly with us and here are a few gardening jobs that you should undertake in March.
1. Plant bulbs for the summer
Now is the time for deciding what plants you would like to see in the Summer. The bulbs are good for filling gaps in the border. If you don’t have room at the moment, plant the bulbs in pots and then put them in the border when they are due to flower. Try summer-flowering bulbs such as Lilies, Dahlias and Gladiolus. Don’t forget to use snail and slug controls.
2. Control Slugs and Snails
The warmer temperatures of spring will encourage slugs and snails to make sure that you take some controls now. You can buy slug pellets from your local garden centre, organic pellets are based on ferric phosphate and are said to be just as effective as ones based on methalydehyde. Please be careful with pets/small children around slug and snail pellets. Your local garden centre can advise you on the best/most effective controls available.
An effective way of improving the soil in established borders is to mulch the surface with a 3cm layer of organic matter such as garden compost. This will help to suppress weeds and trap moisture if the soil. Composted bark and mushroom compost make good alternative (however, don’t use Mushroom compost for acid loving plants as it contains chalk).
4. Plant early potatoes
Most varieties of potato are planted in April, however, earlies, such as ‘Rocket’, should be put in during March.
Bury the potato just below the compost surface. As shoots grow, cover with more compost until the pot is full. Cover the young plants with garden fleece if frosts are forecast. Make sure you water the pot regularly so the compost is moist but not wet. If the leaves start to turn yellow in June, feed regularly with a tomato feed. By late June or early July, your potatoes should be OK to harvest. Check they’re ready by putting your hand into the pot and gently feeling for the tubers. If they feel big enough, tip out the contents of the pot, otherwise leave them to continue growing.
- Remove existing weeds & moss.
- Clean patio stones with a pressure washer or cleaner. (Note: Some paving slabs such as Indian Stone are not suitable to be cleaned with a pressure washer, please check with your supplier if you’re unsure)
- Pour kiln dried sand into joints.
- Sweep sand into joints with a broom.
- Tap stones with a rubber mallet to compact sand.
- Remove excess sand with a leaf blower.
- Mist stones & sand with a garden sprayer 3-4 times in one hour.