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March Gardening To-Do List

March is a busy time in the garden, the temptation to go ahead and begin planting all my vegetables is eating at me but I know I’ll be sorry if I do!  There are lots of things to finish up in the greenhouse like hardening up your seedlings and tending to your rose bushes so don’t feel too bored.  Great time of year, everything is coming to life!

 

 

Zone 1

  • Order indoor seed starting kits and seeds
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Water indoor cymbidium orchids weekly until they bloom
  • Sow seeds indoors for tender perennials and annuals
  • Clean, oil and sharpen tools

 

Zone 2

  • Order seeds and seed starting systems
  • Sow seeds indoors or cold frame
  • Remove mulch from early bulbs
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Sow seeds for cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow frost-tolerant perennials indoors
  • Clean, oil and sharpen tools
  • Order or construct a cold frame for starting vegetables outdoors

 

Zone 3

  • Order seeds
  • Sow seeds for hardy spring-blooming plants
  • Remove mulch from early bulbs
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Sow seeds for cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow frost-tolerant perennials indoors

 

Zone 4

  • Plant bare root trees
  • Cut back on feeding houseplants (do not feed dormant houseplants)
  • Sow seeds for cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow frost-tolerant perennials indoors

 

Zone 5

  • Plant dormant, hardy container and balled and burlapped plants
  • Sow seeds of warm-season annuals indoors
  • Remove winter mulch, lightly cultivate soil if thawed
  • Prune out winter damage
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees
  • Plant or transplant frost-tolerant perennials
  • Sow seeds for tender perennials indoors
  • Plant bare-root roses
  • Plant bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Prune winter-blooming shrubs and vines just after bloom
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables (asparagus, rhubarb etc.)
  • Plant seedlings of cool-season vegetables
  • Sow seeds for cool- and warm-season vegetables
  • Protect tender plants from frost

 

Zone 6

  • Sow seeds of warm-season annuals indoors
  • Prune out winter damage
  • Feed cool-season lawns
  • Remove winter mulch, lightly cultivate soil if thawed
  • Sow seeds for cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow frost-tolerant perennials indoors
  • Divide and replant summer- and fall-blooming perennials
  • Plant bare-root and container roses
  • Prune roses (when temperatures remain above freezing)

 

Zone 7

  • Sow seeds of warm-season annuals
  • Set out summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant fall-blooming bulbs
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root fruit trees
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees before buds swell
  • Spray apples, peaches, and pears that have been affected with canker problems
  • Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
  • Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetables
  • Sow fast-growing warm-season vegetables
  • Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
  • Sow seeds for tender perennials
  • Plant container and bare-root roses
  • Plant balled-and-burlapped, container, and bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
  • Plant frost-tolerant trees
  • Plant conifers and broad-leaf evergreens

 

Zone 8

  • Prune winter-flowering shrubs and vines after bloom
  • Plant summer- and fall-flowering bulbs
  • Spray for peach leaf curl, peach leaf blight, and canker
  • Plant permanent ground covers
  • Plant or repair lawns
  • Plant ornamental grasses
  • Plant bare-root and container roses
  • Plant or transplant warm-season annuals
  • Plant fruit trees
  • Feed houseplants that are growing or blooming
  • Plant heat-loving perennials
  • Plant ornamental and evergreen trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Prune spring-flowering or tender shrubs and vines during or just after bloom
  • Plant warm-seasoned vegetable seedlings

 

Zone 9

  • Set out warm season annuals
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs
  • Plant container fruit trees
  • Prune fruit trees after bloom and fruit setting
  • Spray for peach leaf curl, peach leaf blight, and canker
  • Repair or plant lawns with warm season grasses (Bermuda, St. Augustine etc.)
  • Plant ornamental grasses
  • Plant fall-blooming perennials
  • Prune tender deciduous shrubs and vines
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs and vines during or just after bloom
  • Prune flowering fruit trees during or just after bloom
  • Sow seeds for warm-season vegetables
  • Plant seedlings of warm-season vegetables

 

Zone 10

  • Get ahead of the bugs by hand-picking or spraying with organic preparations
  • Fertilize oleander, Bauhinia, hibiscus and citrus while in bloom with a low-nitrogen plant food
  • Mulch with at least two inches of decomposed hardwood material such as pine bark, pine needles, or cypress bark to conserve moisture in flower and vegetable beds
  • Plant avocados, papaya, breadfruit and mango, tababuia and tibuchina trees
  • Plant seed, seedlings, or rooted starts of herbs and vegetables such as peppers, okra, cantaloupe, watermelons, peanuts, sweet potatoes, luffa, chayote, lemon grass and mint
  • In drought-prone areas, install simple drip-irrigation systems to take care of summer watering needs

 

Zone 11

  • Get ahead of the bugs by hand-picking or spraying with organic preparations
  • Fertilize oleander, Bauhinia, hibiscus and citrus while in bloom with a low-nitrogen plant food
  • Mulch with at least two inches of decomposed hardwood material such as pine bark, pine needles, or cypress bark to conserve moisture in flower and vegetable beds
  • Plant avocados, papaya, breadfruit and mango, tababuia and tibuchina trees
  • Plant seed, seedlings, or rooted starts of herbs and vegetables such as peppers, okra, cantaloupe, watermelons, peanuts, sweet potatoes, luffa, chayote, lemon grass and mint
  • In drought-prone areas, install simple drip-irrigation systems to take care of summer watering needs

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