What to do in the garden in March

Wondering what to do in the garden in March? We have all you need to know below.

The mornings are brighter, the evenings are lighter, and the clocks go forward on the last Sunday of March every year.

So, when you get home from work, you can now start to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors.

Don’t sit down just yet though. There are a few gardening jobs to be done.


But before you start any gardening for the year ahead, remember to always check for wildlife in your garden. Hedgehogs start to emerge in March, and you may also find other wildlife sheltering under leaf piles, such as frogs, mice, and even birds.


1. Give your lawn a boost

If you have grass, it is likely looking a bit lacklustre at the moment. From waterlogging to grass dying off in the frost, winter causes lawns to suffer.

Nothing that can’t be fixed, though. And luckily, Speedy has all you need to know and the tools you need to hire.

Remove the dead top layer and moss using a scarifier, before aerating.

Read our guides on how to use an aerator, and then how and when to aerate your lawn.

Always wear PPE when gardening and using tools. You’ll need to protect your feet using good quality work boots and protect your eyes from flying debris too.


2. Finalise the borders

If you weren’t able to get out into the garden in February, now is the time to sort your borders out, as you need to get the last of your bulbs and wildflower seeds planted.

A rotavator will help to churn the soil, whether the border is brand new or whether it just needs some air after a long winter. Read how to use a rotavator in our guide.

Making borders from scratch? Planning on growing more than you did last year because it went so well? Read our blog on how to safely use a turf cutter, and then hire one from Speedy.


3. Pressure wash your surfaces

From paving to decking, furniture to walls, a pressure washer can be used to get all of that winter dirt off surfaces.

You might notice things are a bit green. This is all the moss and algae which thrived in damp, dark conditions. A blast of water from the pressure washer can banish it without the need for chemicals which can harm wildlife, vegetation, and pets.

Read our guide on how to use a pressure washer.

Always wear PPE such as eye protection and cover your skin when using a pressure washer, as the force can send debris into the air. The force of the water is strong, too, so wear strong work boots or wellies – this isn’t a job to be done in flip-flops.


4. Start to sow veg

It has to be done under shelter just yet but sowing your seeds now will ensure a good crop by summer and autumn.

Get a head start on carrots for an early crop, which will hopefully keep carrot fly at bay. Cover with cloches or fleece. Sow tomatoes, chillies, sweet peppers, and aubergines in pots and keep them indoors.

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