Garland County CEA
SOUTHERN INSPIRATION GARDEN
MARCH GARDENING TIPS
There is plenty of work to be done in the garden. From pruning summer bloomers like roses, crape myrtles, althea, abelia and fruit trees, grape vines and blueberry bushes, to planting new plants or fertilizing winter annuals and winter vegetables. If you have pansies and violas, they need some fertilizer to rebound and put on more blooms.
Spring bulbs are in peak bloom. Fertilize if you haven’t done so, to make sure they have the nutrition they need for their green growing period following bloom. They replenish their bulbs after flowering, and need a minimum of six weeks of growth before you can cut the foliage off.
Many perennials are up and growing. If you have summer or fall bloomers that need to be dividied, now is the time to do so. Dig up the clump and use a sharp knife or pruning saw to cut through the root system. Leave at least two to three crowns per division.
Pay attention to the weather forecasts. As plants are beginning to break dormancy and grow, is when they are often the most susceptible to a late frost. Covering with sheets or boxes can give you a few degrees of protection.
(Source: "In The Garden In Arkansas", by Janet Carson)