For the Month of March

  • It’s time to start getting serious about what spring seasonal color you are going to use. Wait on planting, because those late frosts can still be a problem.
  • Frosts are still a possibility at this time. Keep watching your local forecast to determine whether or not your plants need to be protected. Try to avoid using plastic to cover your plants. Plastic generates a lot of heat and can create a detrimental temperature change to you plants.
  • If your winter plants have ceased blooming, try fertilizing them and make sure you are continuing to deadhead spent blooms.
  • Wait for warmer temperatures before planting bulbs. If you notice previously planted bulbs emerging from the soil, go ahead and fertilize them.
  • Wait until later in the spring before pruning trees and shrubs that you believe might have suffered winter damage.
  • Only prune, after your plants have finished flowering.
  • New roses can be planted before March 15th.
  • Peonies, Clematis, and Boxwoods can now be treated with lime.
  • Your lawns can be sodded.
  • This is a great month to move around a few of your shrubs, especially crape myrtles.
  • Cannas, Chrysanthemums, Coreopsis, Phlox, and Hostas can now be divided.
  • You can also begin to sow seeds for Johnny Jump-ups, Sweet Peas, Larkspur, and Forget-me-nots.
  • Roses can now be pruned and sprayed weekly for black spot if visible.
  • Pruning of boxwoods can be done during this month.
  • If you’ve ever considered growing an herb garden, you can sow the seeds for herbs now.
  • Ornamental grasses can now be divided.

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