It would probably be easier to list what you can’t do this month than list all the gardening possibilities for the month of March-so this is just a sampling of gardening opportunities!
- Plant Something!-Warm season veggies (most anything you eat an actual fruit off of ie: tomatoes, peppers, squash….) Plant shade trees, it is now safe to plant frost tender sub tropicals like bougainvillea, hibiscus and lantana. Well there isn’t much you can’t plant right now, we’re even starting to get summer annuals like celosia, zinnia, and golden fleece in! And of course Citrus-we just unloaded a delivery of dwarf citrus!
- Control weeds while they’re young-they’re popping up fast after recent rains and with upcoming warm temps they’ll be off to the races. Weeds can host insects and diseases so by controlling them you also help control things that can harm your garden or landscape.
- Fertilize winter lawns for the last time! Begin fertilizing roses as they are leafing back out and beginning to bloom. Fertilize established vegetable and flower garden regularly to keep them growing as fast as possible.
- Mulch!! New and established plants will enjoy a layer of bark mulch around them. Mulch keeps weeds down which compete for nutrients and water, it insulates the roots and holds moisture, it looks and smells good, and provides a great organic environment for the plant to thrive in!
- Paint the trunks of thin skinned fruit and shade trees-peaches, apples, ash and other smooth barked trees before the sun damages them. New trees don’t have enough canopy to help shade their own trunks, sun damage is generally fatal to young trees.