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Garden Tasks for March

  • Remove any developing seed heads from daffodils and other spring bulbs. Leave the foliage to build up the bulbs for the following year.

  • Divide congested clumps of herbaceous perennials.

  • This is the last month when bare-root fruit trees and bushes can be planted.

  • Cut back shrubs grown for their colourful winter stems, such as dogwoods (Cornus) and some willows (Salix cultivars). Cut down to their bases to encourage new shoots for next winter.

  • Cut autumn-fruiting raspberry canes to the ground to stimulate new canes. Cut the tips of summer-fruiting raspberry canes that have grown too tall.

  • Sow summer bedding and tender annuals in pots and trays.

  • Sow sweet peas outside.

  • Plant onion sets, shallots and early potatoes

  • Re-pot houseplants that are root-bound and top dress large pots with new compost.

  • If vine weevil is a problem in containers, apply nematode biocontrol (e.g. Defenders nemasys).

JeffIf you think there is something that should be added to this month's events or to-do list, please let me know.

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