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Gardening in March: How to prepare your garden for the coming season at the beginning of spring.

The time we spend in the garden, and also have to, is constantly increasing with the onset of spring. Only those who are diligent now, can also enjoy a handsome, cozy and healthy garden in the coming season. Especially beginners in gardening are not sure what work needs to be done and when, and the more they think about it, the more they despair. Take a breath and calm down for a moment, as we summarize in today’s article which gardening tasks you should focus on in March. Don’t stress too much, because you have a longer period of time for most gardening tasks in March – what you didn’t manage to do or forgot to do, you can usually still do in April.

Gardening in March to prepare for the coming season.

Gardening in March - Tips for sowing, planting, cutting and for the lawn.

Gardening in March aims to prepare the garden for the spring awakening – the last woody plants are cut, the first seeds are sown and flowers are planted, and the lawn is maintained. We summarize!

Pruning in March

Gardening in March - What is allowed to cut and what is prohibited

Already in February the last trees, shrubs and hedge plants are cut . You should not wait with that either, because in Germany this gardening is forbidden in March. The reason for this is that the breeding season of birds begins and this must not be disturbed. So if you missed the time, you will have to wait willy-nilly until after the breeding season. However, this rule applies only to the hardwood. Softwood plants, therefore, you may continue to cut. This includes roses, for which the time during flowering of forsythia is generally recommended for heavy pruning.

Prune hibiscus in late winter or early spring

If you haven’t already done so, now is also the time to prune hibiscus. In fact, unlike some other shrubs, this one does not receive its pruning already in the fall. This method protects especially young shoots from freezing (the shoots grown in the summer serve as a buffer, so to speak) and stimulates the growth of new shoots in the spring.

Gardening in March - Cut back clematis and encourage growth

The clematis varieties that bloom in the summer also benefit from pruning now, as the flowers grow larger as a result. So if you do your gardening in March, prune them back to 30 to 50 inches without worry, as the plant will resprout fairly quickly.

Also, cut back any winter flowering shrubs in March as well. Fruit trees and berry bushes provide quite a long period for this purpose. If you haven’t done it since November, feel free to cut back all dead and diseased plant parts now in March, but no later than April.

What to sow in March?

Preplant plants in spring - sow long-germinating varieties early

For most vegetable and flower plants it is still too early for the garden. However, now is a wonderful time to grow some vegetables from seed indoors. Especially varieties with a long germination period are best sown now. These include peppers and chili, for example, but you can also start chard and celery in early or mid-March. For other vegetables, on the other hand, you even have until the end of March – tomatoes, for example, or chard, eggplant and spinach and other lettuces. You can also grow some herbs in advance. From mid-March, for example, the parsley and at the end of the delicious basil.

Some vegetables and herb plants can go outdoors

Vegetable plants that can already be sown outdoors include an early variety of cauliflower, as well as carrot, kohlrabi, lettuce, pea, parsnip, spinach, radish and onions. A practical sowing calendar with a guide can be found in this article .

What to plant in March?

Plant fruit trees and fruit bushes in spring for a harvest later that year

Fruit trees and fruit bushes can now be planted in the garden. You can also start with the strawberries. Those that you already have in the garden, free them from stolons or transplant them.

What flowers to plant in March? Suitable are sweet peas, corn poppies, cornflowers, primroses, marigolds, pansies and pre-sprouted tulips. Learn more in our article about flowers for garden and balcony .

Gardening in March – spring lawn care

Gardening in March - The right lawn care for a green lawn in the summer.

It is also time for lawn care in March, and more precisely, liming and fertilizing. For this purpose, wait for a dry day to be followed by a period of rain. In this way, the nutrients will enter the soil with the help of rainwater and can be absorbed by the lawn. In the absence of a rainy period, you could also water your garden a little. You may also have to mow for the first time as early as March.

Fertilize, lime and eventually mow lawns in the garden

After the winter and snow, the lawn may have formed snow fungus or rot in some places. These unsightly and bare spots you rake off in the spring. Then you can recompact the lawn in these areas by reseeding it. For more important information on lawn care, including dethatching, click here .

Other work to do this month

Doing gardening in March - What flowers can be planted

We list what other gardening tasks are in store for you in March below:

  • Fertilize garden in March. Fertilize not only the lawn, but also many other areas in the garden in March.
  • Prepare garden pond. Remove excess mud and dead plant matter. Check the water quality in your pond and take action if needed (pH, ammonium and ammonia levels, nitrite and nitrate levels).

Clean the garden pond and check the water quality

  • Harvest winter vegetables. If you’ve also been busy in the garden in January and February, you can harvest the last of the old season’s vegetables. These usually include chicory, lamb’s lettuce, leeks, spinach and parsnips.
  • Prepare the soil. Once it is sufficiently dried, loosen it and work in nutritious compost.
  • Theoretical planning. If you have not already done so, put together a plan. Write down what flowers and other plants you want to sow or plant this year, note their needs and where you want to plant them.