March Garden Maintenance Tasks
March is the time of the year when your garden starts waking up from the dormant winter months – you might already be starting to notice some of the first signs of spring in your garden.
Snowdrops, daffodils and crocuses will all start making an appearance this month, the wildlife will start coming back to life and paying you a visit, and the birds will also start singing again.
As the days get longer we will all be finding more time to get out into the garden and get it up to scratch ready for the year ahead.
There’s plenty of garden maintenance tasks to do during the month of March and in our latest article, we have a list of 6 tasks to get stuck into this month.
1. Mow, Feed & Aerate the Lawn
After the winter months, your lawn is more than likely a very sorry sight, indeed.
Many gardens at this time of the year are boggy and walking on your lawn could damage the grass.
If the ground is firm enough, March is generally a good time to give your lawn its first cut of the year.
Your lawn may also be in need of some extra TLC. If you didn’t aerate your lawn during autumn, March is a good time of the year to get this job done, to give your lawn a fighting chance of growing over the coming year.
If all this sounds too much like hard work and you’re tired of having a boggy mess for a lawn, don’t despair – why not consider artificial grass?
These days, the fake stuff looks just as good as the real thing, but it has many advantages over natural grass.
It’s very low maintenance, for one. You’ll not need to drag the lawnmower out of the garden shed and pray that it starts as you’ll never need to use it again.
You can ditch the array of toxic chemicals, such as fertiliser, pesticide and weedkiller, too.
What’s more, your lawn will look stunning all year round and can be used come rain or shine, as it’s completely permeable.
That means no more mud or mess during the winter months, so your lawn no longer needs to be out of bounds for a large part of the year.
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2. Get Weeding
It’s always good to start as you mean to go on and one of the downsides of your garden springing back to life is that the weeds will pop up, too.
When it comes to weeding, it’s always best to keep on top of it. Weeds often seem to thrive more than your plants and if you aren’t vigilant, you may find that they spiral out of control and you lose all motivation to do anything about them.
There are many things that you can do to prevent weeds in the garden.
For example, you could add bark mulch to plant beds. Or you could use some form of decorative aggregate to complement the plants or shrubs in your beds.
It’s also a good time of the year to tackle any weed or moss growth on patios and pathways.
You could even consider applying a sealant, such as Resiblock, to help prevent future weed growth.
To help prevent weed growth within your vegetable plot, pick a dry day and use a garden hoe to dig over the soil.
This will bring the seeds to the surface to dry them out, rather than allowing them to re-root in moist soil.
3. Tend to your Garden Pond
March is a good time of the year to tackle some pond maintenance.
Ponds need regular maintenance to prevent them silting up and turning into bog gardens.
It’s certainly best to do these tasks as early as possible in March, before your pond becomes very active with wildlife.
The first task is to check the water level, as the winter frosts and ice may have caused leaks.
Secondly, scoop out any silt that may have formed at the bottom of your pond (you may need to drain your pond to do this).
You’ll also want to check any pumps, to make sure they are in good working order, and clean out any filters, as necessary.
March is also a good time of the year to prune any overhanging branches from surrounding trees and plants, as it’s important to ensure as much light gets to your garden pond as possible.
4. Continue Making Compost
After your lawn has seen its first mow of the year, you’ve likely been left with a stack of grass clippings.
Rather than throwing these in the bin, put them into a compost bin, as it will make a fantastic compost to apply to plant beds later in the year.
Compost bins are inexpensive to buy, or you can even build one out of recycled wooden pallets.
They are a great investment, as the rich organic matter that you’ll get from your compost bin will reward you with nutrient-packed soil that your plants will just love.
Don’t forget, you can put fruit and vegetable waste, and even cardboard, into your compost bin, too.
5. Repair Fences as Necessary
March is a good time of the year to repair any fences that may have taken a beating over the winter months.
Strong winds and hard frosts may have taken their toll on your fencing.
Replace any rotten panels, as necessary, and repair fence posts by installing spurs to support them.
If your fence posts are beyond repair, then replace them completely.
March is the perfect time to tackle the fence; your borders will still be relatively clear from heavy greenery, as the majority of your plants and shrubs will still be lying dormant.
When your garden starts springing into life over the next few weeks, the task will become much more difficult and you’ll risk damaging your plants.
6. Erect Trellises & Pergolas
If you are planning on adding climbing plants to your garden this year, March is the perfect time to erect structures such as trellises and pergolas, ready for the year ahead.
A trellis can either be freestanding – use fence posts to fix it securely in place in your garden – or else you can easily fix trellis panels to a garden wall or existing fence panel.
Climbing plants add interesting vertical features to any garden and can be cleverly used to disguise parts of the garden you don’t want to be visible. They’re also great for hiding a bin area or cheering up the side of a garage.
Timber pergolas are perfect for creating archways over garden paths, a bit of shade for a garden bench, or a sheltered patio area.
There are many different styles and designs available and you’re only limited by your imagination as to what you can achieve with a pergola.
The best part is that they are simple to install, but will have a huge impact on the aesthetics of your garden.
March is a beautiful time of the year as your garden transitions from winter to spring.
The increasing temperature and additional hours of daylight make it a great time of the year to get stuck into your garden, ready for the summer.
If you are looking to reduce the amount of maintenance your garden needs and you’re considering installing artificial grass, you can request your free sample pack or speak to your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer here.
What will you be up to in your garden during March? What do you like most about this time of the year?
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Don’t forget to check out our garden maintenance guides for the other months of the year: