March gardening guide
Tips for what to do this month in your yard and garden
Spring has sprung, or at least this week. The NC Cumberland County Cooperative Extension provides guidance and tips for those with or without a green thumb. Here are a some tips compiled from their web-site.
Plants in Flower
- Saucer Magnolia, Bradford Pear, Flowering Cherry, Forsythia, Star Magnolia, Breath-of-Spring (Winter Honeysuckle), Spirea, Flowering Quince, Carolina Jessamine, Periwinkle, Thrift, Violets, Crocus, Daffodil, Hyacinths and Tulips
- Fertilize shrubs.
- Fertilize your important shade trees.
- Fertilize asparagus beds early in March before spear growth begins.
- Ponds should be fertilized starting this month and continuing through October.
- Before planting your vegetables, fertilize your garden as recommended by your soil test results. Apply the recommended amount of lime if this was not done in the fall.
- Plant a tree for Arbor Day! Arbor day is always the first Friday after March 15.
- Plant your small fruit plants, grape vines and fruit trees before the buds break.
- March is a good month to transplant trees and shrubs.
- New shrubs and ground covers can be planted the entire month of March. Be sure to follow your planting plan.
- Plant seeds of the following perennials: columbine, hollyhock, coreopsis, daisy and phlox. Sweet William can also be planted this month.
- New rose bushes can be planted this month.
- Plants of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower should be set out in the garden in mid-March.
- The following vegetables can be planted this month: beets, carrots, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, Swiss chard, turnips, potatoes,cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.
- Start any annual flowers or warm-season vegetables inside your home that are not commercially available in early March.
- Prune fruit trees.
- Prune spring flowering plants like breath-of-Spring (Winter Honeysuckle) and flowering quince after the flowers fade.
- Prune roses late in March.
- Prune shrubs like abelia, mahonia and nandina this month if needed.
- Pick off faded flowers of pansy and daffodil. Pansies will flower longer if old flowers are removed.
- Overgrown shrubs can be severely pruned (not needled evergreens).
- Spray the following landscape shrubs for the following insect pests: euonymus-scale, juniper-spruce spider mites and hybrid rhododendron-borer.
- Start your rose spray program just prior to bud break.
- Spray your apple and pear trees with streptomycin for control of fireblight while the trees are in bloom.
- Cool-season lawns may be fertilized with 10-10-10, but NOT with slow-release fertilizer.
- Apply crabgrass herbicides to your lawn late this month to help control crabgrass in the turf.
- Mow your tall fescue lawn as needed.
- Seed fescue and bluegrass if not done in September.