March Tips And Advice

The month of March brings with it leaping lambs, daffodils and fickle weather!

Late March and early April is a good time to transplant shrubs and trees. As soon as the soil is workable, but before buds have swelled or broken open, you can move shrubs and trees.

Fertilize shrubs and trees if this wasn’t done in February. Use an acid type rhododendron fertilizer to feed evergreens, conifers, broad leaf evergreens, rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. Use an all-purpose fertilizer to feed roses and other deciduous trees and shrubs. If you use granular type fertilizers, be sure to water it in thoroughly.

Finish pruning fruit trees this month – before the buds swell.

Roses can be pruned this month. Severe pruning results in nicer long stemmed flowers and more compact bushes. Begin to spray roses for black spot.

Divide and transplant summer blooming perennials and fertilize established ones as soon as new growth appears.

Plant of the Month

Helleborous orientalis

Hellebours

Hellebore comes into its own during the grim winter months – provided much needed white through purple flower colour.

The diversity and impact of hellebores makes them a must have in the winter garden. Plant in full sun or shade, and allow to self seed – as plants are short lived. Ideal under shade planted in drifts or in front of a shady border.

 

 

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