March Gardening Checklist

Spring Arrives! March 20th
Last Frost Predicted April 4th

Clean Up: Continue clean-up of beds of dying foliage, sticks and leaves.

Cut Back: Now is the time to cut back ornamental grasses like liriope and mondo grass before new leaves emerge. Cut small plants by hand; for larger ones, use your lawn mower with the blade set at 2 ½ to 3 inches high. Most perennials can also be cut back now, including coreopsis, asters, phlox, black-eyed susans, and bee-balm. Do not cut back perennial salvia or ‘Miss Huff’ lantana (or other perennial lantana) until you see new, green growth sprouting.

Fertilize:  This formula has remarkable results for all but your acid loving plants.  Use equal parts of the following materials:

10-10-10 fertilizer
Sphagnum Peat Moss

Cottonseed Meal

Mix in a wheelbarrow. Sprinkle mixture around the base of all perennials and watch them grow!


For your acid loving plants (hydrangea, dogwood, rhododendron, azalea, holly, gardenia, etc.) I recommend Holly-Tone. Follow label instructions.

  1. RJ Dawson, 02 April, 2012

    Wow, Jo Rae. That’s a lot to know. We had a drought and record heat last year in Texas, but the rain started coming in over the winter and everything has greened up real good, and the wildflower season has been one of the best.

  2. jorae, 03 April, 2012

    Thanks, Bob. I appreciate your comment. Glad things have gotten greener and cooler! Blessings – Jo Rae

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