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​In your Garden in March

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Mr Middleton Suggests………...

Now is the time to move deciduous trees or shrubs, once the soil is not frozen or waterlogged.

Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with ground Seaweed which slow-release fertiliser by lightly forking it into the top of the soil surface.

Plant summer-flowering bulbs, dahlia , lilies , Gladiolus, Lilies into beds, borders and containers.

Now is an ideal time to plant herbaceous perennials also you can lift and divide any established perennial plants so as to improve their vigour.

Plant bare root roses and feed roses with a special rose feed or a balanced fertiliser as they come into growth. Water with Sulphur Rose to prevent Mildew and Blackspot. Prune established roses to encourage strong new growth.

Sow flower seeds now so they are ready for planting out in May - June. Hardy annuals can be sown directly into the soil as soon as it warms up. To give you a head start sow them in pots or module trays for planting out later in the spring. An electric propagator will help seed germination in cold weather .

Continue to plant Begonia tubers in pots for planting out after frost. Plant each tuber in a 3 ins pot to start.

Summer-flowering Clematis should be pruned before they start into active growth . Early-flowering Clematis are not to be pruned till they are finished flowering.

Cut back any foliage on perennials and grasses that you may have left standing to start then into new growth.

After winter flowers heather have finished flowering, trim to prevent the plants becoming leggy. Do the same with winter flowering Hellebores

Deadhead spring daffodils as the flowers finish but remember to let the foliage die back naturally so as to build the bulb for next year..

Cutback Hydrangeas to about one third of last season's growth.

As soon as the weather warms apply to first application of Nemaslug to keep slug under control. But remember wait till soil temp is about 10c for effective control. .

Dig in a top layer of compost or well-rotted manure into your garden to prepare for the year ahead. You can also work in a general organic fertilizer such as seaweed.