Gardening tips, March 2016

A tulip and daffodil meadowAs March approaches, gardeners need to start thinking about planning for summer, as well as tending to over-wintered plants.

  • Plan your summer bedding displays
  • Order your ready-grown plant plugs from a nursery or catalogue
  • Sow annual seeds undercover to avoid risk of frost damage
  • If the soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged, dig in 5-10cms of well-rotted manure to improve the soil, then add pelleted chicken manure or fish, blood, and bone to feed the soil
  • Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs such as gladiolus and lilies
  • Plant snowdrops in grassland so that they will be ready for flowering next year
  • Lift and divide herbaceous perennials e.g. aster, geranium, campanile to create more plants and rejuvenate old clumps
  • Plant herbaceous perennials
  • Prune roses and feed with a specialist rose fertilizer
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