6 GARDENING TASKS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH

  1. Plant Vegetables

If you love vegetables, March is the perfect time to get down to real business. This is because most vegetables tend to do particularly well in America when planted in March and especially so in mid-March.

Some of the vegetables that are likely to do well include eggplant, squash, cantaloupes, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, lima beans, snap beans, and corn. For best results, choose a spot in your garden when there is lots of sunshine as it is extremely vital for vegetables to get at least 5 hours of sunlight every day.

Also, choose a location where the soil is soft and loamy. This will make it easier for your veggies to develop strong roots. Lastly, use high-quality seeds and make sure to do sufficient spacing.

  1. Divide and Re-Plant the Flowers

Dividing flowers also happens to be among the top things to do in March in the garden. This is because it is during this time that the flower plants are dormant.

By dividing your plants, you will not only be creating more space for your flowers to flourish but you will also be harvesting more seedlings for yourself and for your neighbors and friends as well. Before you do the dividing, prepare the soil in readiness for the new seedlings by adding manure or organic fertilizer.

For best results, use a garden spade or knife together with your hands to separate the plants while being extra careful so as not to damage the roots. Next, dig holes in your previously prepared soil and plant your newly divided parts/ seedlings. Water the seedlings thoroughly and continue to do so every morning and evening throughout the season.

  1. Shape or Prune Your Shrub Roses

Pruning usually is an intimidating task, especially when it comes to roses. In spite of this, it is a very important process for the roses.

Pruning not only shapes the shrub but it also encourages new bloom and growth. It also improves air circulation and gets rid of dead wood. The tools you may require for this procedure include long-handled loppers, by-pass pruners, and a pair of long, thick gloves.

Start by trimming the tall shrubs or bushes to your desired height and leave any climbing plants at least until after they bloom. If you are unsure about your pruning prowess, seek the help of a professional or a gifted friend or relative.

  1. Tend To Your Fruit Trees

Taking care of fruit trees involves a lot of activities among them mulching, watering, fertilizing, pruning, and disease and pest control. Among the most important things in fruit tree care is watering.

Mulching helps the soil to retain moisture while disease and pest control helps ward off and fight diseases associated with fruit trees. Pear and apple trees are especially prone to bacterial infections, fireblight, codling moth, and a broad range of other diseases and pests.

Fertilizing is recommended too as it helps in the production of quality fruit. Pruning opens up the centers, and this helps to reduce diseases and infections.

In addition to tending to your fruit trees, March is a great season to plant additional fruits. Some of the fruits that tend to do well in America include peaches, plums, figs, cherries, nectarines, persimmons, pomegranates, and much more.

  1. Take Care of Your Lawn

For most Americans, early March usually is time for lawn care. Start with mowing your lawn and while you are at it, avoid mowing it too short as this will damage your grass and even pave the way for weeds to set root. A taller lawn is a healthier lawn and as a rule, strive to avoid mowing away more than one-third of the grass.

Once you are done with mowing, make sure to water the grass adequately. The best time to do the watering is early morning as it allows the sun to dry up the grass. This helps to prevent excessive moisture which is known to attract pests and diseases.

  1. Tend To Indoor Plants

Even as you tend to your garden, don’t forget to take care of the plants you have inside your home. All plants, regardless of where they are located, need water, food, sunlight, and water to survive.

Indoor plants also need a lot of fertilizing so as to grow and remain healthy. To achieve this, add an all-around fertilizer to your watering can whenever you water the plants. When it comes to moisture and water, some plants need more than others to thrive. To determine how much water a plant requires, check the care label or consult a reputable online gardening site or magazine.

 

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