Gardening Tasks To Do In March

March is the month that so many gardeners have been waiting for over the past three months. Spring will officially be here on March 19th. Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 10th, which will give us extra daylight in the evening for gardening.

In wrapping up February, last month was relatively kind to us. We got some rain in the middle of the month that kept moisture in our soil. We had no extreme cold or out-of-the-normal cold days or nights. We had some nice spring-like weather the last week of February, with some 70-degree days. In my neighborhood, daffodils are already in bloom. So, I would say that we need to move on into March with excitement and eagerness to get outside and start gardening.

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.”


I can’t stress this enough. As excited as we are to start gardening, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Please watch the weather forecast! We still have the possibility of some hard-freezing days and nights. Technically, it is still winter for a couple more weeks.

  • ONLY IF NEEDED: Early March is a good time to do any selective pruning on evergreens, such as boxwoods, hollies, hedges, etc.
  • Also, now is a good time to fertilize your plants. I love Espoma products such as Plant-Tone, Holly-Tone, Garden-Tone, etc.
  • Now is a good time to plant cole crops. Most cool-season cole crops are leafy vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, and cabbage. These cool-season vegetables grow well in cooler soil and air temperatures.
  • Now is a good time to trim back ornamental grasses to prepare them for breaking dormancy and putting out new growth.
  • Container gardening is a good place to start. Keep the plants seasonal. Use pansies for color because it is too early to put out Vinca, Petunias, Marigolds, etc.

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