16/02/2015

5 quick and easy jobs to do in the garden in March

March is usually when the weather begins to get warmer, and your garden starts to spring into life again.

Unfortunately, it’s not just the plants and parts of your garden that you want to grow that do. Most of it does, that is why you should get in there early to reduce your workload over the coming months.

1. Weeds. Pull up the weeds in your garden as soon as possible. Don’t let them grow and begin spreading. Try and pull them up by their roots and in areas where it is safe to do so, lay sufficient weed killer to ensure that they do not come back again. Go around your flowerbeds and your lawns to help ensure you are weed free this summer.

2. Moss. Moss is a common problem and is usually a sign of poor garden health. Unlike plants, moss doesn’t need roots to survive meaning it can grow almost anywhere. To stop moss growth from your lawn you need to first apply moss killer to affected areas. Allow the moss to die, and in a week or two go round and take out the blackened dead moss. If you rake the moss before it has died and the moss is sporing, then by removing it you may inadvertently be helping spread the moss around the garden. In practice totally removing moss from your garden maybe impossible, but by over seeding the area and encouraging healthy grass growth in its place, it will help prevent moss from returning.

3. Dethatch. Thatch is a layer of built up dead organic matter between the grass and the sun. This layer of thatch prevents sunlight, moisture and nutrients from reaching the grass roots which in turn weakens it and in extreme cases causes it die. When the weather has begun to get warmer, use a Flymo Lawnrake 3400 to remove any excess thatch to help promote healthy grass growth. 

4. Vegetables. If you haven’t already, begin getting together all the seeds you need for the coming year. Prepare any vegetable beds and dig in a good quality compost. Many varieties of vegetables require planting in March if you go by the packet. Remember to only begin planting your seeds if the conditions are correct and the weather has begun getting warm enough for them to grow. 

5. Mow the lawn. As the temperature rises above 6 degrees Celsius the grass begins to grow again. When needed, cut the grass. When cutting it for the first time in the year, make sure you lawn on the highest cutting height your lawnmower has. You should never cut more than a third of the blade of grass off in one go, or risk harming the grass.

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