Once you start to notice the bulbs popping up through the soil, you know it’s nearly time for the garden to burst into bloom!
March is the start of Spring and there are lots of things to get on with in the garden in preparation for the Summer months ahead. Once the frost has subsided, the first step for ensuring your garden is ready for the new season is to have a Spring clean by removing weeds, leaves, diseased or old plant foliage from the flower beds. A well-prepared soil is the foundation of your entire garden, you can improve your soil with compost and organic matter. We stock a range of garden fertilisers, mulch and farmyard manure to ensure your plants are healthy and thriving.
Brighten and refresh borders with pansies and violas, and as the Spring progresses, browse our wide range of beautiful summer bedding, as well as a specially selected range of pots and other decorative items such as garden lighting and furniture.
You can start planting hanging baskets from April, as long as they are kept indoors until the last frosts. Ensure to choose a basket that is lined or replace the liner of your existing basket if your old one is no longer suitable. Start with a plant that creates an impact in the centre of the basket, add some trailing plants and consider your colour choices. We have a lovely selection of basket plants to choose from in our glasshouse.
Now is also a great time to show your lawn a bit of TLC!
Sow new and repair existing lawns, repair dead patches (Patch Magic), treat moss (Evergreen Mosskil) and weeds and re-shape the lawn edges using a half-moon lawn edging tool. You can mow your lawn once a week if you can towards the end of this period but keep the blades a little higher at this time of year.
Summer flowering bulbs should be planted this season to be enjoyed well into summer.
Our range of summer flowering bulbs includes much-loved favourites Dahlias, Lilies, Crocosmia, Begonia, Agapanthus, Gladioli, Alliums and much more!
Fruit and Veg
Whether you have an allotment plot, a patch in your garden, or just some pots on the patio, there are fruit and veg varieties to suit everyone. Download our vegetable planner for your reference.
Start to sow tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers indoors in a good quality seed and cutting compost.
Plant onion sets and potatoes (first earlies in March, second earlies and main crop in April). Make sure to earth up once the shoots appear above the soil.
As long as the ground isn’t frozen, you can plant out runner beans, french beans and peas from May.
Encourage wildlife into your garden
- Lots of wildlife is very beneficial for your garden such as insects, birds and Hedgehogs.
- Encourage Hedgehogs by feeding them or buy a wooden Hedgehog home.
- Plant Bee loving plants such as Foxgloves, Aquilegia or Dahlias, just look for the “Bee friendly” symbol on the plant label or seed packet.
- During Spring birds require high protein foods such as black sunflower seeds, mealworms and mixes for insectivorous birds.
- Insect houses are perfect for attracting beneficial insects such as Ladybirds, Butterflies and Bees.
- Planting wildflowers is also a great way to attract beneficial insects, simply scatter the seeds onto soil and wait for them to grow.