Finally, the gardening season has begun and you can spend the first work in the fresh air, knowing that a gorgeous garden will await you in the summer. Having already told you what gardening is due in March, today we would like to talk about the ornamental garden, because there, too, will be sowing, planting and pruning from now on. Learn everything you need to know with our gardening tips for the ornamental garden in March and get an overview of the upcoming tasks, so you don’t forget anything.
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Ornamental garden in March – garden tips for pruning?
All shrubs that bloom in early summer should be pruned in the spring to shape them and encourage growth. Although you could do this every year, it is also quite enough if you do this work only every 2 – 3 years. How do you proceed for this work in the ornamental garden in March?
Select about a third of all main shoots with rough bark (no young ones with smooth bark) and cut them back to just above the ground. Be careful not to cut back too many shoots! You can then still remove any withered branches and thin the entire shrub a bit by snipping off any crossing branches.
Prune these shrubs and semishrubs in the ornamental garden in March, including:
- Holy weed (necessary for rejuvenation).
- Mayflower shrub
- Whistling bush
- Roses (radical pruning as soon as the forsythia begins to bloom; only thin out shrub and climbing roses)
For shrubs, such as the cherry laurel , lavender and rhododendron, gently prune only damaged branches.
In the heather garden, shorten ornamental grasses and perennials and all other summer and winter heathers. Prune them as you would lavender – leave short stubs (about a hand’s width above the ground). Cut too short and it could take longer to sprout.
Some of the bulb flowers that delighted you with their beautiful blooms in the spring have already faded. Caring for them is also part of gardening in March/April, because in both months this means you can remove the faded stems. On the other hand, you can leave the green leaves.
Would you like to propagate your bamboo and plant it in other places in the garden? Then make this your March ornamental garden task! You can easily divide this wonderful ornamental and hedge plant. A new section should have at least 2-3 culms with a root ball. Do not forget to use a rhizome barrier , otherwise this plant will spread uncontrollably throughout the garden.
What else can you divide?
- Ground cover (from an ingrown carpet of plants take so-called sods, which you can then divide into small individual parts and plant).
- sedges (always wear gloves with grasses, as they can be very sharp)
- Snowdrops immediately after flowering; then immediately replant as deep as before anddo not fertilize).
What can you plant and transplant?
You still have until the end of March to plant a new hedge. So bare-root specimens can still be planted in the spring if you missed the fall.
If you don’t have a bamboo yet but are considering it, now is just the time to plant it. This plant diligently forms runners, which is not a good thing. As a result, it spreads uncontrollably throughout the garden. For this reason, a rhizome barrier is a must.
Ornamental gardening tips in March: feel free to plant these flowers as well:
- Ranunculus (soak tubers in water for a few hours, then plant about 5 inches deep and 15 inches apart in the bed).
- Winter bulbs (during or shortly after flowering, which may be over before March).
That shrub has been bothering you for some time in that spot of the garden? Now is your chance to change its place. You can transplant both deciduous shrubs, and trees that are not older than 3 years, taking as large a ball of soil as possible in the process. Then replant them in their chosen spot and water abundantly.
Note: Forsythia can tolerate a change of location even after 4 or even 5 years.
The ornamental garden in March – fertilizing.
It is also time to provide the plants with essential nutrients to give them strength for sprouting and flowering. This important step for the ornamental garden in March is done after you have pruned the plants and removed the weeds in all beds. It is best to use a slow-release fertilizer and work it into the soil of the beds.
Do not forget about the bulb flowers. If you have noticed that the amount of flowers has decreased or that they are sprouting more sparsely, this could be a sign that they are lacking nutrients. Bulb flowers that require nutrients, such as daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, are especially vulnerable to this and can be given a complete mineral fertilizer every few years in March. Use sparingly when doing so, however.
Fertilizing tulips in the spring also increases the chances that they will sprout again the next year.
Especially a mild winter favors the spread of slugs and snails, and you will probably find them here and there in the beds now in March. Perennials that sprout early are at risk and should be protected. Slug pellets are your helper in need if you spread them in time (around the plants or along the bed). This step also prevents the spread in the summer.
The lawn is also part of the ornamental garden and needs your attention. Here you can learn what you should pay attention to when fertilizing.