March To-Do List

  • If you’ve had a mild winter, look for hosta shoots poking up through the soil. Dig up clumps that need to be divided, split them apart, and replant them. Water generously.
  • Free the foliage from spring-blooming bulbs that are tangled in mulch.
  • If the weather’s mild, plant roses, trees, and shrubs.
  • Move cool-loving broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower outdoors to a coldframe or protected spot.
  • Start seeds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, perennials, and annual flowers indoors under lights.
  • As soon the garden soil is workable, plant peas, potatoes, sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus), poppies (Papaver spp.), rocket larkspur (Consolida ajacis), and mignonette (Reseda odorata).
  • If there’s no snow, top-dress the lawn with compost. Fill in low spots and reseed.

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