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Spring usually arrives by mid-March and the frequent sunny days provide the opportunity for an increasing range of gardening tasks. It's time to get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden.
Protect new spring shoots from slugs
Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
Plant summer-flowering bulbs
Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
Top dress containers with fresh compost
Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
Weeds come back in to growth - deal with them before they get out of hand
Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters
Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days
Things to do in the garden this month
Trees and shrubs
Greenhouse, conservatory and houseplants
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