It is never too early or too late to start planning and prepping your garden. March is always a month of transition. As the old saying goes March can come in like a lamb or with the vengeance of a lion. Of course this can vary from year to year and also depends on what part of the country your live in. One thing that remains constant is spring arrives March 20th on the calendar regardless of the weather conditions. So why not get a head start in the garden now. Here is a list of things to do in the garden now.
Late winter and early spring apply horticultural dormant oil on fruit trees before the first set of leaves pushes out.
Plant cool season vegetables in cold frames or garden if the soil is workable for lettuces, spinach, Swiss Chard, broccoli, kale and other cole crops. Continue to sow indoors in the weather is not favorable.
Mid- March begin planting peas and potatoes in the garden, provided soil is workable.
Mulch strawberries with pine straw.
Late march begin planting blueberries, grapes and raspberries in the garden.
Sow seeds indoors and under grow lights for sweet peas, tomatoes, peppers, cucurbits, eggplant, Brussel sprouts and herbs
Monitor houseplants for insect pests and rotate pots a 1/4 turn every week.
Early March start fertilizing houseplants weekly with 10-15-10 or 15-30-15 formulated for tropical foliage plants.
Annuals and Perennials
Plant Pansies and ranunculus and primroses.
Plant container gardens for your porch and patio.
Divide perennials that will bloom in June and July in the spring. Perennials like echinacea, hosta, phlox and ornamental grasses. Leave perennials that bloom in spring to be divided in fall.
Cut back ornamental grasses.
Trees and Shrubs
Prune fruit trees, evergreens like boxwoods, yew and hollies.
Roses, like Hybrid tea and floribunda should be pruned in early spring, just before plant breaks dormancy. Shrub roses and Knockout roses can benefit from this as well.
Hydrangea paniculata and arborescens, bloom off of new wood. Hydrangea macrophylla blooms off the previous years growth as well as new wood growth.
Clean and prep tools for the upcoming season.
If ground is not covered in snow apply a pre-emergent herbicide, Step 1 to control crab grass.