March gardening jobs
Spring into action in the garden this March
Winter is nearly behind us. In March, the days become longer and the ground is warming up - the gardening season starts here. Keep on top of your gardening in early Spring to help the rest of the year run like clockwork. Find out which veggies to plant, including a true Irish favourite, the potato, and how to create colourful displays ready for Summer.
March focus: Plant Summer flowering bulbs
For a riot of colour in June, July and August, plant bulbs and corms this month and next. With the right choice and timed planting, you’ll be able to enjoy lilies, gladioli, dahlias and more throughout the Summer season. Find out more with our guide to planting Summer flowering bulbs.
- What to do in your garden this month
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Gardening jobs for March
General garden jobs
- Spring clean the garden – fork over the soil in borders, weed and apply a mulch
- Remove weeds, but don’t put them in the compost bin
- Clear moss and algae from paths, patios and driveways with a pressure washer or path and patio cleaner
- Fix or replace fences damaged from the devastating February storms, find out more with our step-by-step guide: How to put up a fence panel
Now is a great time to start thinking about your decking or paving. Does your current decking need repairing or replacing? Or are you thinking of laying a new patio? Start planning your project now so that you have a lovely space ready for entertaining when the warmer months arrive.
- Have a look at our paving buying guide and check out our paving ideas article for inspiration. Once you’re ready to make a start, our how-to guide will walk you through the process of laying a new patio.
- Check out our decking buying guide to compare the different options available to you and give our decking ideas article a read for some inspiration. Ready to build a new deck? Our how-to guide will show you how.
- If the ground is dry enough you can do your first lawn cut of the year. Mow the grass on a high-cut setting to keep the lawn looking tidy but don’t attempt to do this if the ground is frozen or soft underfoot
- If the weather is mild, you can feed the lawn after its first cut
- If you’re thinking about a new lawn mower, take a look at our lawn mower buying guide to help you choose the best one
- Redefine lawn edges along borders and paths using a lawn edging iron or edging shears
- Lay new turf before the weather turns warm and dry
Vegetables and fruit
If you have already done your winter digging, you should only need to make final preparations to get the soil ready for sowing. Hoe off any weeds, take out any stones or bits of old roots and rubbish, sprinkle a light coating of general-purpose organic fertiliser over the area, and rake the surface down, leaving a seedbed the texture of cake crumbs.
Now you are ready to plant, but don’t be tempted to fill up the vegetable garden all at once. There are only a few things you can sow or plant this soon and if the weather is still chilly you will need to cover early crops with some horticultural fleece for protection.
- You can start planting broad beans, parsnips, spinach, turnips, radishes and early varieties of carrots outside
- Courgettes, chillies and tomatoes can be sown undercover in a greenhouse
- Early peas, summer cauliflower and lettuce can be sown outside under horticultural fleece
- Start sowing tender herbs indoors
- Water any pot grown fruit such as plums, peaches or olives, remember to protect blossom from frost
- Feed your blueberry plants with ericaceous fertiliser and mulch with a thick layer of pine needles
- Cut Autumn fruiting raspberries down to just above ground level
- Plant rhubarb, fruit trees and bushes and strawberry plants
- Water pot-grown fruit
How to grow your own potatoes
There’s nothing better than enjoying freshly harvested potatoes straight from the ground. It’s a great vegetable to grow for beginners, and the kids can get involved too, with a really rewarding result that’ll save you money at the supermarket!
With our handy guide all about How to grow potatoes, you’ll see just how easy it is for you to have your own delicious crop.
Trees, shrubs and climbers
- Prune apple and pear trees before the buds burst into growth. Aim to create an open goblet shaped framework
- Prune and feed climbing roses and bushes
- Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
- Plant ornamental and evergreen trees
- Prune Summer and Autumn-flowering clematis at the beginning of the month, but hold off pruning Spring-flowering clematis until after it has finished flowering
Plant out bare-root roses
Bare-root roses are dormant plants, sold without any soil around their roots, these are only available in Autumn and early Spring. Planting them outside of the growing season will encourage them to establish quickly. You’ll be rewarded with a beautiful garden full of colour and fragrance in the summer.
Bare-root roses are also more economical than container bought roses, and now’s the time to check them out in our garden centres now.
Follow our simple guide to planting bare-root roses.
- Sow wildflowers and hardy annuals
- Tidy up the rock garden, top up decorative stone chippings around plants and fill any gaps with new rock plants
Look after wildlife
- Continue to feed garden birds and attract different birds with different types of bird food
- Make sure that you provide clean drinking water for birds with a bird bath. This is especially important during cold weather, when many water sources may be frozen
- Bees are starting to emerge from their winter homes and looking for new places to nest. Make sure your garden is bee friendly by sowing or planting out plants with the RHS Perfect for Pollinators logo on
- Have some fun by building a bee B&B
- In ponds, feed fish if weather is warm and fish are active
March garden project: Service your garden tools
March is a great time to give all your gardening tools a good service so they’re all ready for the busier months ahead. Once all your plants bust into life, you want to be able to grab what you need and know it’s clean and ready to go.
Keeping good tool hygiene will also prevent the spread of diseases, especially if they have encountered any infected plants.
Get all the help and advice you need to transform your tools with our guide; How to clean, maintain and store garden tools.