What to do in the Garden in March

If you’ve missed our post about What to do in the Garden in February, it’s not too late to begin now! There are still jobs you can do in your Garden in March. Take advantage of the warm, sunny days of March to get a head start on your spring gardening tasks. We’ve waited all winter for this time of the year, now it’s time to get back to digging in the dirt.

The first job is to get the beds and borders ready. Gently fork the soil between plants in the perennial and shrub borders to lighten the soil and remove weeds. Rake the soil in the vegetable beds to a fine, crumbly texture, removing weeds as you go.

Here are other jobs to do in your Garden in March:

  1. With your vegetables beds ready you can plant shallots, onion sets, and early potatoes.
  2. Plant summer-flowering bulbs like dahlias, tiger lilies, and gladiolus. You might even try some summer daffodils.
  3. For the best colour next winter, cut back any dogwoods or willows you grow for their colourful winter stems.
  4. Cut perennials to just above the new growth, being careful not to damage the tender shoots. Cut out any dead stems.
  5. Lift overgrown clumps of perennials, divide them, and re-plant smaller clumps. Save the extras to plant elsewhere, give away, trade, or donate to a charity plant sale.
  6. Protect spring shoots from the snails and slugs that are eager for fresh greens.
  7. If your lawn needs mowing, mow it when the grass is dry. Lower the mower blades to 2 cm (1 in) and mow twice a week once the grass starts its fast spring growth.
  8. Re-cut edges of the lawn with a half-moon shaped edging tool or a flat spade.
  9. Top-dress planters with a layer of fresh compost for a boost of micronutrients.
  10. Sow seeds of aubergines, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers and keep them in a warm spot to germinate.
  11. Seeds of more cold-hardy vegetables – kale, carrots, sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, turnips, spinach, lettuce, and leeks — can be sown in the cold frame.
  12. Weed, weed, weed. Get a jump on the weeds by pulling them now. Try a new weeding tool this year, maybe a daisy grubber or Japanese hand hoe.

March is a busy month in the garden. Now you know what we’re doing this month, we want to hear from you.
Tell us about your projects for this month. How do you start your gardening year? Do you have tips to share with fellow gardeners? We look forward to hearing from you!

Credit: Background Featured Image: Flower’s. Lover


  1. Victoria Ross -

    I love the graphic! Very easy to follow. I’d love to get started but unfortunately it is still snowing here in Canada and we often can’t start our gardening efforts till late April/early May. I will just have to save this and check again in a month or two 🙁


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