If you are lucky enough to spot the first rays of sun in March, you should tackle the most important tasks in your garden to get ready for the spring. From getting rid of the old planters to making sure that all your BBQ equipment works properly, there are plenty of jobs around the garden you can start with right now. Make sure that you don’t leave them to the last minute and take advantage of the first warm days in the spring to bring your garden to life. Below you will find a few tips on how to get started.
If your greenhouse has built up dust, moss, or is covered in weed, you need to start tackling the issue straight away. If any of the glass panels have broken, get down to your local glazing company and get the panes made to measure and replaced. Look around your greenhouse for visible signs of damage, and clean the glass. If you suspect pest infestation, this might be the right time to put down poison, before you start using it for your seedlings every day. Greenhouses need to be cleared before you could get your green fingers to work.
Bulbs and Perennials
In March, you can start planning your flower beds, as well. Make sure you get the bulbs down on time, and look after your perennials by cutting them back and loosening the soil around them. This will give them a chance to grow and spread about, instead of feeling suffocated by the hard packed soil around them. Put down some fertilizer in the spring, before your plants start growing and flowering, so they can use it in the spring and summer.
Painting Wooden Garden Structures
If you have pergolas, benches, fence panels, and wooden summer houses, you might use the first sunny days of the year to give them some TLC. Start by using a wire brush to remove chipped paint, then follow by a sanding paper, so the surface you apply the product on is smooth. Carry out all the necessary repairs. Fix the fence panels that have gone loose in the winter wind and storms, and fill the gaps, imperfections. Check your benches and outdoor seating over, and make sure they are in the best possible condition.
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You might want to check your grill over before the garden party season starts. Check for signs of rust and turn it on in the garage, to make sure it is working fine. Give it a good clean, even if it was covered up all winter, just in case dust and debris got into it that can be dangerous. If it needs painting, it is best to do it now. If you want to stay safe, you could get in touch with a professional grill tank maintenance company to check your equipment. Find out more about the services offered at https://grilltanksplus.com/services/ to find out more about annual maintenance schedules.
If you have a jet cleaner, you can tackle moss on your patio and get rid of dust and built up residue on your garden furniture. Make sure that you are washing every surface before you would paint them, so you are not applying paint over dust and dirt. If you have paving stones, you can make them look new by using a power washer. Give your driveway and garage door a deep clean, and see the vivid colors appearing again brightening up your garden for the summer.
Tidying the Bushes and Shrubs
While you can start tidying up the area around the bushes and shrubs, it is recommended that you leave trimming and cutting them back until later. You are likely to see birds looking for a safe nesting place soon, and you want to help them by keeping your hedges and bushes intact. You can, however, get rid of the fallen leaves and dry branches that will prevent your plants from growing. Give your bushes, trees, and shrubs a bit of love, and provide them with the essential nutrients, using the contents of your compost bin, or getting natural compost that will feed the roots for months.
In March, you might also start pruning your trees, depending on what type you have. Most fruit trees only need pruning after the flowers have fallen and dried off, but you can trim others. Always ask a professional about the pruning schedule and avoid cutting your bushes and trees back too much. If you have berry bushes, you can cut them back more in the spring, as they are likely to spread about more every year.
You might think that weed doesn’t grow in the cold weather, however, they are more stubborn than you would think. In fact, they will grow more than your house plants, so get to the job as soon as the frost is gone, and get rid of them. Dig out the roots, and loosen the soil at the same time, so you can start planting your new flowers and bushes in a weed-free soil. This will make your job easier in the summer, and help your plants grow.
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One of the areas often neglected by gardeners and homeowners is the borders. Grass and weed have a bad habit of growing over your paving stones and your patio. Use a special tool to tackle your borders and apply wood chippings on the flower beds around the bushes to stop weeds growing. Use a board to keep the edges straight and make your garden look organized.
Whether you enjoy getting your fingers in the dirt, or just would like to enjoy the warm months with your friends and having a weekend BBQ every now and then, you have to get to the job in March. Check for pests in the greenhouse, look for damage and fix it, apply a lick of paint, and tidy up your borders. Give your garden a spring clean, so you can enjoy your summer even more.