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March Gardening Advice

As I’m writing this the ‘beast from the east’ is in full force, covering the majority of the UK in snow reaching depths never seen before! So to talk about March and the Spring ahead seems like a world away. However, alas it is the beginning of March and we are (hopefully) waving goodbye to Winter. March makes way for the busy season, with the promise of longer days and hopefully more sunshine to get through your list of gardening jobs. This month you should be working towards ticking off your Winter gardening tasks and getting your garden ready for the new growing season.

Late March is a good time to move your evergreen trees and shrubs, providing the weather has warmed up slightly and the risk of frost is low. If the soil is waterlogged or frozen, it’s better to wait until next month. After moving, ensure you give your hedges and shrubs extra attention as careful watering is essential to their success in the first summer after moving. There is still time to plant bare root and root ball hedges as the dormant season lasts right through until the end of April. Hold off from pruning any evergreens until April as the warmer weather encourages stronger re-growth.

You can still plant bare root hedging, especially with the cold weather we are presently receiving, the plants are still very much dormant making ideal planting conditions. Bare root hedging is the cheapest way to achieve a hedge and also leaves you with a sense of pride watching it grow.

You can begin planting fruit trees now – apple trees and cherry trees are a good place to start. Plant these in a sheltered but sunny position. Protect your newly planted trees and shrubs by installing rabbit guards.

You will start to see more pests appearing now and they are likely to be attracted to any lush new growth, particularly slugs. You can use organic pellets, such as ferric phosphate to deter slugs and these will not cause harm to any other animals or insects. You may also see the emergence of caterpillars, aphids and flies during mild spells – always try to remove these infestations by hand before turning to insecticides.

If you want to carry out any maintenance on your hedges, do this now before the birds start nesting – always check for nests before you begin. To attract wildlife to your gardens, try planting a native hedge, see our full range here.

When leaving food out for birds, break it up into small pieces or use mesh feeders to prevent young birds choking on any pieces that are too big for them. If you haven’t done so already, hang bird boxes as it’s not long until nesting season begins.



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