Our gardens will slowly start coming back to life this month and now is a good time to get rid of weeds and prepare your soil. With the clocks going forward at the end of the month, evening gardening is back!
What to do in the garden in March
Finish pruning roses.
Dead head daffodils and other spring bulbs but leave foliage to die back naturally.
Place insect houses in sheltered corners of the garden where insects can lay their eggs.
If you’re hoping to grow some veg this year then now is a good time to prep and improve the soil. Most vegetables grow best in rich soil and you can enrich yours by adding things like bark, manure and grass clippings.
Have you considered using raised beds?
Clean watering cans thoroughly to prevent fungal diseases.
Looking after your lawn
Recut any lawn edges if necessary.
Install Lawn Edging to make future maintenance easier.
Mow your lawn if it needs it. Choose a dry day and set your blades higher than usual
Lay new turf if the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged. Leave undisturbed for several weeks to allow the new roots to establish, use boards to cover if necessary.
Prepare soil for growing new lawn from seed. Doing this now allows it time to settle before sowing.
Treat unwanted moss that has grown over the winter months, lawn sand can be used.
Apply high nitrogen spring/summer lawn fertiliser to encourage good strong growth, aiding recovery from the winter months.
A basic need for all wildlife is somewhere safe to breed and shelter. A garden can give this in many ways to many things.
Growing climbers against walls can provide brilliant shelter, as well as roosting and breeding sites for birds.
Trees, bushes and hedgerows can also be great havens for the bird world, as well as small mammals like hedgehogs. As a place for cover from predators and a safe spot to build a nest, these can be invaluable.
Providing bird boxes, bat boxes and hedgehog homes can be a great way of introducing good artificial shelters into nature. Natural roosting and nesting sites can be increasingly hard for animals to find and our gardens give us the chance to give them an ongoing safe alternative.
Butterflies need breeding sites too, and growing the right plants can give them a place to breed and lay their eggs. Honesty and hedge garlic can be good for orange tip butterflies and buckthorn bushes are favourites for breeding brimstones.
Dead wood, trimmings and old foliage can be a valuable hiding place for beetles and other insects and minibeasts, as well as fungi and moss.
Leaving areas of grass to grow wild can give all sorts of wildlife a place to hide and breed. If you are looking to cut back overgrown areas, or untidy borders, wait until late winter or early spring, to give any minibeasts sheltering from the cold winter month the chance to move on.
Leave out food for hedgehogs. You might notice an influx in hedgehogs in March, as they’re coming out of hibernation from this month onwards. Greet them with some fresh water and a bowl of food specially designed for hedgehogs. Just like birds, hedgehogs need this energy to breed. Just make sure to put out food in the evening and discard any uneaten food in the morning. This will help discourage rats.
Help wildlife now – Buy birdseed, nestboxes, gifts and more.