Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Posted By: in Gardening
viburnum pink dawn

Geez talk about March blowing in like a lion! In one day we’ve had sunshine, gale force winds, rain, sleet, snow and then some sun again. I’m looking forward to March going out like a Lamb! I’ll believe that when I see it. Here is the list:

Gardens
Time to wake up your gardens. Clean up, topdress with compost or well rotted manure. Divide up and move around any perennials that are overgrowing their space. Great time to pot up divisions for sharing. Be mindful of bulbs and overwintering native bees and other pollinating insects. Don’t be too quick to pull out that dandelion…it is a favorite food of bees.

Ensure you have a good range of early blooming bee food such as heather, crocus etc. As the weather improves towards the end of the month and into the beginning of April, you can finalize your clean up by pruning down any dead grasses, twiggy bits etc. This gives any overwintering insects a chance to emerge.

bypass pruners

Shrubs
When the ground is not too waterlogged, March is a great time to move shrubs around or to add new plantings. You can topdress or mulch your shrub borders as well as fertilize your Rhododendrons, blueberrys, conifers etc. by mid month if the weather is promising.

You can prune if you haven’t done so already. It’s a good time to finish up the pruning on your roses. Remember, never remove more than one third of the plant and yes, sometimes that means only one cut Mr. Scissorhands! Check with us for info on proper pruning techniques.

Trees
Finish up the pruning if needed. The same one third rule applies. Prune hedges. If you have a fair amount of pruning needed it would be worthwhile to call a certified arborist. Give us a ring at the nursery and we can direct you to some fantastic folks who know what they are doing! Great time to plant as well.

triple 17 fertilizer

Lawns
Aerate, Topdress and Lime as long as the ground isn’t soggy. If the weather warms up (I’m an optimist) you could even think about a spring fertilizer like Arts Triple 17 with Iron.. If March doesn’t go out like a lamb then you can wait for April for that part.

The aerating and topdressing and liming will keep you busy enough. If it stops snowing and hailing long enough for the grass to grow, start up your mower and then call your relatives back east or on the praries to let them know what you are doing. This never gets old, there has to be some perks to the sky high housing rates and this is one of them.

Veggie Gardens
Many of you right now have little dome houses filled with seedlings in your living room windows, others in the kitchen windows. You are starting to look like a grow op and your neighborhood officer is parked in front of your house.

tomato seeds

This is good. Because right about now you have realized that you have planted too many. Did you really need 30 tomato plants? Start handing out little seedlings to all of your friends, the nice officer, the mail lady and explain that it is a heirloom tomatoe/pepper/etc.

If you haven’t started your seeds yet, you still can get in on the action. Don’t over plant. You can set out your fall sown sweet peas as well as direct seed some hardy veggies such as brussel sprouts, lettuce and even potatoes by mid-end of the month if the ground is not soggy. Here on the wet coast its not so much the cold that prevents us from early planting, but the wet!!

House plantsRepot if needed and start to increase watering and then feeding by the end of the month.

Ponds
Clean up and watch the fish. Feed once they become active. Check pump and fittings.

Propagating
Depending on the plant, this is a good time to take cuttings, layer, graft and divide.

Tools
Brush off the cobwebs and get started. Check sprinklers, hose ends and other tools for damage. The new tools are hitting the shelves as we speak if you just can’t get another year out of that shovel.

Cheers,

Laurelle

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle is a certified horticulturalist and Landscape designer. She is currently an up and coming apple guru, growing over 120 cultivars which explains her passion for edible garden design. Laurelle works part time for Art’s Nursery. You can also interact with her through Art’s monthly newsletter, our blog and our gardening channel on YouTube.


Sponsored Advertisement

Recent Posts

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Dormant Oil For Fruit Trees And Roses

What Is Dormant Oil? The Dormant Oil spray kit at Art's Nursery is a combination of mineral oil and...

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Spring Colour In January

Happy 2021! Even though it’s winter time, you can add little splashes of colour and freshen up your ...

Friday, December 18, 2020
How To: Dress Your Table For Christmas

Trim garland to size of table.  Twist and fan out the cedar so it is green side up and no wire is sh...

Friday, December 11, 2020
Hellebores Are Here

Hellebores, also known as “Christmas Rose” are herbaceous or evergreen perennials that bloom in the ...

Friday, December 11, 2020
Fresh Greens And Live Plants For Christmas

Join us as we tour some of the fresh, bright and sparkling selections here at our Nursery in Surrey....

Friday, December 4, 2020
Hummingbird Feeder Heaters

With winter just around the corner and colder days ahead, we are calling Fraser Valley residents to ...

Friday, December 4, 2020
Dressing Your Porch For Christmas

We’re in December and it’s a lovely time to be welcomed by a cheerful and festive front door. If you...

Friday, November 13, 2020
13 Christmas Home Decor Themes

Thank you to Shelley Levis and our team at Art’s Nursery for working so hard the last few months on ...


Tag Cloud

Dormant Oil when is it too late to spray dormant oil how to treat fruit treescoco primulas bellis camellias witch hazel hellebores potted bulbs including hyacinth paper white crocus tulips mini daffodilsWhite Pine Eucalyptus deer decorations driftwood pieces bird ornaments fairy lights Table Decor Live Greens Christmas Dinner Diva Hellebore Milner's Merlot Love Bug Lenten Rose Anna's Red Hellebore Jacob Christmas Rose Pippa's Purple Hellebore Shooting Star Lenten Rose Amaryllis Bulbs Poinsettias Christmas Boughs Live Holly Christmas Gifts Live Wreathes Porch PotsHummingbirds Hummingbird Feeder Hummingbird Feeder HeaterPorch Decor How To Decorate Your Porch Christmas Porch Design How To Hang Garland Porch Pot Christmas Home Decor Ideas Christmas Home Decorating Cactmas Cozy Cabin Home Decor Astrology Christmas Decorations Country Christmas Canadian Christmas Spirit Bear Winter Blues Thuja Occidentalis Yew Trees Thuja Plicata Excelsa Broad Leaf Evergreen Portugese Laurel or prunus lusitanica Prunus laurocerasus Boxwood Varieties Japanese Convex Holly ilex crenata convexa Camelia Deciduous Hedging Trees Privet lagustrum Smoke Bush cotinus coggygria Burning Bush euonymus alatus Are Yew Tree Berries Poisonous Why Is My Yew Tree Turning Brown or Yellow How To Prune A Yew Tree How To Identify A Yew Tree When To Plant A Yew Tree Melford Yew Hicks Yew Irish Golden Yew Taxus X Media Hm Eddie Taxus baccata ‘Repandens’ Flushing Parade Yew Hillii Yewboxwood shrubs how to trim a topiary growing and caring for boxwood shrubsPumpkin Planter DIY Fall Decor Planter Fall Home Decor Handmade Fall Decor Planters Halloween Decor Halloween DIY Corona Tools Fall Gardening Tools Spring Brace Rake Flexible leaf rake Fixed Tine Leaf Rake Fixed leaf rake Fixed Tine Shrub Rake Bow Head Rake 3 prong cultivator Dandelion Weeder Oscillating Hoe Diamond HoeTwisty Pine - Pre Bonsai Conifer Dwarf Japanese Yew Conifer Dwarf Pagoda Japanese Holly Conifer Jersey Jewel Japanese Holly Conifer Loowit Japanese Hemlock Conifer Cole's Prostrate Canadian Hemlock Conifer Catherine Elizabeth Japanese White Pine Conifer Kinpo Japanese White Pine Conifer Horstmann Bristlecone Pine Conifer Iseli Green Hinoki Cypress Conifer Butter Ball Hinoki Cypress Conifer Dwarf Golden Hinoki Cypress Conifer Gemstone Dwarf Hinoki Cypress Conifer Shimpaku Chinese Juniper Conifer Cotoneaster Shrub franchetii Wintergreen - Gaultheria Massachusetts - Kinnikvnnick Skimia Reevesiaia Gold Pillar Monterey Cypress Irish Yew by Monrovia Fall Gardening Chlorophyll Deciduous Trees Japanese Maple Trees Fall Garden Fall Colours Why do leaves change colourYuletide Camellia Emerald Carousel Barberry Twombly's Red Sentinel Japanese Maples Black Mondo Grass 4" Ornamental Peppers Fall Planters Pink Heather Fantasy Pocahontas Anemone Forest Pansy Redbud Tree Assorted Dried Fall Botanicals Harvest Corn Ornamental Corn Wheat StalksTopiary Design How To Do Spiral Pruning Tree Pruning Cactarium Succulent House Succulents in Vancouver Cactus In Vancouver Tropical Plants In Vancouver Greenhouse for Succulents Greenhouse for tropical plants Succulents in Surrey Succulents in Langley Cactus in Surrey

Blog Roll

Other interesting gardening blogs that we follow include:

Blog RSS Feed

Keep in touch by subscribing to our RSS/Atom News Feeds


Art's Nursery Ltd.

8940 192nd Street,
Surrey, BC, Canada,
V4N 3W8

Tel: (604) 882-1201
Fax: (604) 882-5969
Email: info@artsnursery.com
Hours:Hours of Operation
Map:Map & Directions
Contact:Contact Us

Art's Nursery is dog friendly

Subscribe to Our E-Newsletter

Copyright (c) 2021 Art's Nursery Ltd.  | 8940 192nd Street, Surrey, BC, Canada, V4N 3W8  | tel: 604.882.1201  | SiteMap  | Privacy Statement |