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Top Five Things to do in the March Garden

by User Not Found | Mar 04, 2015
Our top 5 gardening jobs for March
As the weather starts to get slightly warmer - March is the time to knuckle down and get all your winter work and preparation finished for the growing season.

1. Prune overgrown nonspring-flowering shrubs
  • Early March is a great time of the year to have a pair of secateurs in your pocket. You will always find the odd shrub that needs pruning. Such as the Buddleia, Caryopteris, Hydrangea and some Winter flowering shrubs (that have finished flowering) can be pruned now
  • By Mid-March all rose pruning should be complete
  • Late March is a good time to carry out pruning on Evergreen shrubs that may have suffered frost damage such as Hebes with the young growing tips scorched by frost
2. Control slugs and snails 
  • The temperature should slowly start to creep upwards in the coming weeks and encourage new growth which is irresistible to slugs and snails, so be sure to take some action now and put slug barrier products around any tender new shoots. We have a fun project coming next week on how to build your own slug pub make sure and check back, it's a great one to do with the kids. :)
3. Mulch borders
  • The best way to improve the soil in established borders is to mulch the surface with a 3cm-layer of organic matter, such as garden compost. It will also help to suppress weeds and trap moisture in the soil. Don’t forget to top dress containers with fresh compost
4. Love your lawn
  • On established lawns the first cut of the season can be made, not too short, just removing the tips. Where moss is a problem on the lawn Moss Killers can be applied at this time. Towards the end of March, provided the ground is not too wet, is an ideal time to start preparing areas for sowing in April. Read our guide to having the perfect lawn.
5. Improve your soil 
  • Dig plenty of compost into heavy clay soils, this will encourage lots of beneficial sub-terranean life who then convert all that organic matter into a form useful to your plants. This will improve your plant growth and the drainage within your soil. New to composting? Read our introduction to composting blog.
Here to help! - remember if you have any questions feel free to pop into one of our garden centres or you can contact us on our Facebook and Twitter pages and email us at: hello@countrylife.ie

Jean's Bio
Hi my name is Jean, I am a horticulturist with CountryLife in the Ashford branch. I grew up on a farm where we always had a veg garden, so you could say that horticulture and agriculture is in the blood! I studied Landscape Horticulture in UCD and worked part-time in Fernhill Garden Centre, Athlone while I was in college. After graduating I worked in Landscape Architecture for three years before returning to the Garden Centre trade. I began in Keane’s Garden Centre, Kilcolgan, Co Galway and returned to Fernhill Garden Centre for three years before joining CountryLife.  Being a horticulturalist is a great job, you are surrounded by nature every day and there is always something to be done. Meeting customers and giving the advice is very rewarding especially when they report back positive results. I love growing my own fruit and veg and I’m always trying new varieties and ways of growing. The seasons are always changing and while the weather is challenging in Ireland, I believe we grow the best produce in the world.