March Garden To-Do!

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Thanks to our good friends over at the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service we’ll be providing you with a monthly to-do list to make sure that you’ve got all of your pansies in a row when it comes to staying on top of all of your gardening needs!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below and we’ll be sure to answer them all post-haste!

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Timing horticultural events and practices can vary from year to year, depending on weather conditions. The following information is intended as a general guide. Regional differences are noted when practical. Adjust activities according to local weather and site conditions, and be sure to read label directions thoroughly on all products.

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Indoor Plants & Activities

• Apply fertilizer to houseplants according to label directions as days grow brighter and longer and new growth begins. Foliage plants require a relatively high-nitrogen fertilizer, while blooming plants thrive on formulations that are higher in phosphorus.

• Remove spent leaves and flowers regularly to improve appearance and encourage more blooms.

• Start seeds of cool season plants for transplanting outdoors later in spring (early March for Northern Indiana, late February for Southern Indiana).

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Woody Landscape Plants & Fruit Trees

• Prune trees and shrubs while plants are still dor­mant. Those that bloom early in spring should be
pruned after flowers fade.

• Fertilize woody plants before new growth begins, but wait until after soil temperatures have reached 40°F (usually in early March in Southern Indiana, and late March to early April in Northern Indiana). Two pounds of actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet should be broadcast over the entire root area.

• Remove winter coverings from roses as soon as new growth begins, but keep mulch nearby for protection from late freezes. Prune and fertilize as needed.

• Apply superior oil spray to control scale insects and mites on landscape plants and fruit trees when tips of leaves start to protrude from buds. 

• Remove tree wrap from trunks to prevent scalding due to overheating of bark.

Lawn

• Rake to remove leaves, twigs, and trash.

• Mow lawn as needed. The first mowing should be slightly lower than normal to encourage green-up

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Flowers, Vegetables, & Small Fruit

• Prepare garden soil for planting. Do NOT work the soil while it is wet. Soil should crumble when squeezed in your hand when it is ready to work. If soil forms a solid ball when squeezed in your hand, it’s still too wet.

• Follow last fall’s soil test recommendations for fertilizer and pH adjustment. (It’s not too late to soil test if you missed last year.)

• Start seeds of warm season vegetables and flowers indoors. (In North and Central Indiana, wait until end of March, early April.)

• Watch for blooms of early spring bulbs such as daffodils, squill, crocus, dwarf, iris, and snowdrops.

• Remove old asparagus and rhubarb tops, and then side dress with nitrogen or manure.

 

The authors (B. Rosie Lerner and Michael N. Dana) wish to acknowledge the assistance of Tim Gibb and Clark Throssell in the preparation of this manuscript.

For more information on the subject discussed in this publication, consult your local office of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

 

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