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In my Lowton garden: Tasks for March

by gemmamelling

After an exceptionally wet February here in Lowton and Golborne (and right across the UK!) the chances are you haven’t enjoyed much gardening time lately.

In fact, you may not have had a chance to do ANY of the jobs we suggested for February – and who can blame you! With the rain and hail stones battering down and the wind howling, the best place to be has been wrapped up warm in the house, maybe dreaming of sunnier days ahead.

Now, as we enter March, let’s be optimistic that those days may arrive soon!

Pieris Forest Flame in flower

Pieris Forest Flame

On the bright side, even without you tending to them, hopefully your spring bulbs are starting to come into their own now – we’ve had some lovely irises (fading already, sadly) and the daffodils are jut beginning  to bloom. The wallflowers we have in containers are looking great, our Pieris Forest Flame (above)  is looking spectacular and my personal favourite shrub Viburnum tinus (below) is in flower.

Viburnum Tinus

Viburnum Tinus

Elsewhere, there are signs of what’s to come. There is new growth on the roses, buds a plenty on the cherry blossom trees and the straight green shoots of the alliums are getting ever taller.

So – assuming the weather is a little kinder this month, here are some ideas for tasks to do in the garden this March.

Guard against the return of the pests!

Slug in the garden

Watch out, as this month one of the gardener’s least favourite friends, those dreaded slugs, could be back on the scene. Watch out for damage to spring shoots and choose your favourite slug barrier method to protect them. Nematodes are an option but the soil needs to be warm enough first. Choose a method that’s kind to the environment and other, friendlier garden visitors before you choose slug pellets if you can. In our garden, we love a beer trap (they’re gross, but effective) and there are some other great ideas here.

If it dries up a bit – it may be time for the first grass cut of the season

gardener mows lawn in garden

You may be able to do your first lawn mow of the season this month – if the ground dries up a little bit, that is. for the first cut, keep the blades high. Don’t want to do it yourself? Why not ask one of the gardeners listed in our Local Directory to take the strain? We use Andy from AA Garden Services and he is great. Coming home every fortnight to a beautifully cut lawn with no mess to clear up is worth every penny in my book! It’s also a good idea to tidy up lawn edges which can really smarten up the overall appearance of your borders.

Get out those trowels 

weeding in the garden

After a few months off, it’s time to resume a spot of weeding. A good tidy up can be quite therapeutic and the results look great!

Plant some summer bulbs

Yellow lily flower in full bloom

Plant lily bulbs now for easy summer flowers.

With lots of tempting bulbs in the shops now, why not think about summer colour and get those bulbs in the ground now?

Get a start on the veg patch

Onions freshly picked from the garden
If you are growing your own veg, March is a good time to plant shallots, onions and potatoes. There’s some good advice on the RHS website on how to do this if you haven’t before.

Give your plants a good feed to set them up for the season

compost soil held in hands
If you have ericaceous shrubs, such as azaleas, camellias, pierus or rhododendrons, now is a good time to give them a good feed with some eircaceous fertliser. Similarly, its a good idea to add new compost or well-rotted manure to your flower beds and containers. You can also work in some general purpose fertiliser to give them even more of a boost.

Keep your Hellebores looking fantastic for longer

Hellebore Christmas Rose

If you are the proud owner of some beautiful hellebores, don’t forget to keep cutting the old leaves off to really show off the blooms – it protects the plants from foliar diseases as well. Similarly, if you have winter pansies or primroses, keep dead-heading as they fade to get even more blooms.

In need of some help in your garden?

Check out the local gardening companies we have listed in our Lowton and Golborne Directory if you need help in the garden – from mowing the lawn to total landscaping projects.

About the author:

My name is Gemma. I’m the editor of Lowton & Golborne News and a very keen but amateur gardener. I mainly enjoy growing flowers in my small garden in Lowton. You can follow my garden on Instagram @gandtgarden.

1 comment

Ann Talbot March 13, 2020 - 1:13 am

Really good advice given especially as you are sonlocal

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