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March Gardening To Do List

December gardening

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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