March In The Urban Garden
March in the urban garden is a time of transition the days are growing longer and the winter weather is starting to calm down. As temperatures start to rise we all feel much more like venturing outdoors to your garden shed and trying to spend some sunny afternoons in the garden. Even though this month may herald the beginning of spring it does not always seem like it by the weather. So on good days it is important to put aside some time to get things straightened up in the garden.
You will see bits of green starting to poke up from the dead leaves of the plants. This is one of the many tasks you should try and get to in March. Remove all the dead leaves and twigs from perennial flower beds so the new growth can come up and not be damaged if you clean the plants latter on. It is also good to put down your pre-emergent herbicides now so the can prevent annual weeds and grasses from germinating. An application now and again in early Summer will make weeding these beds a lot easier throughout the growing season.
March Gardening Chores
- Weed Control – as mentioned above now is the time to prevent weeds by putting down your pre-emergent herbicides.
- Ornamental Grasses – Now is the time to shear back the ornamental grasses to about 4 inches above the ground. This will expose the growing points and give them a head start. If your grasses have gotten to large or the centers are dying dig them up split them into smaller pieces and replant.. If you can not use all the new plants call your friends and see which ones could use some..
- Lawns – Make sure to rake up any winter debris and leaves and clean the lawn up as best as possible. If you fertilized well last fall you should not fertilize until mid May.. Research has shown that 2/3 of your lawns fertilizer should be applied between September and November. Cool season grasses are busy building roots and storing food for next year in the autumn and need the nutrients then to give you a healthy lawn the following spring.
- Lawn Equipment – Get your power lawn equipment cleaned up and ready for spring action. Be sure all the nuts and bolts are tight and there are no missing parts.. Change the oil and tune up the engine. Sharpen the blades and make sure all safety shields in place. Make that first use of the year as pleasant as the first time you used it by being sure it is tuned up and ready to go.
If you are growing a vegetable garden you may want to try starting some of your plants from seed. Not only will you save money it will give you some gardening to do until the weather breaks. You can find information on starting seeds indoors by checking a Seed Germination Section
When you first get started do not try to do to much at once do a little each day till your muscles get use to being used again. It will make for a much more happy gardening experience.