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March in the Garden

Vegetables and Fruits


Prepare soil for spring planting.
Fertilize garden soil with one to two pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet or according to the result of your test.
 
Plant potatoes, peas, onions, lettuce and other salad crops.
Asparagus, rhubarb, and strawberries.
Broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage in late March.
 
Start seeds inside for tomatoes, peppers, and other summer vegetables.
Apply dormant oil to fruit plantings to reduce scale and mite insects.
Finish pruning fruit trees, grapes, raspberries, and blackberries.
Remove mulch from strawberries when growth begins.
 

Flowers


Plant pansies, snapdragons, calendulas, and other cool loving annuals.
Clean up the perennial bed by cutting back foliage and removing winter mulch.
Divide and plant perennials.

Prepare soil for planting by adding compost or other organic matter.
As growth begins, fertilize gardens with a balanced fertilizer.

Start seeds indoors under lights for transplanting to the garden.
Plant new roses. Remove winter mulch from existing roses and prune.
Cut ornamental grasses back to within 3 to 5 inches of the ground.
Fertilize spring flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils.
Cut seed pods from spent bulbs.

Unwrap mail order plants immediately and keep them cool and moist until planting
 

Lawns


Seed thin areas in bluegrass and tall fescue lawns.
If no fall application of fertilizer was made, fertilize bluegrass and tall fescue.
Mow grass inch lower to remove winter debris. Do not scalp
 

Trees and Shrubs


Prune trees, except birch, maple, and walnut, which are best pruned later.
Wait to prune spring flowering shrubs until after they bloom.
 
Mulch tree and shrub plantings up to 4 inches deep.
Fertilize trees and shrubs.
Plant new trees in the landscape.
Rake and clean groundcover planting.
 

Miscellaneous


Sharpen and repair garden tools.
 

 

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