This month, the days get longer, the sun gets stronger, and the first signs of spring arrive. But beware! Don't let your enthusiasm run away on mild days. Frosts will still be lurking around. It is better to delay sowing and planting if the soil is to wet and cold.
Plant nutrient reserves will be low at this time of year. It is essential that a good fertiliser with trace elements, i.e. Boron, Copper, iron, Manganese and Molybdenum, is added to the soil and existing plants.
Rain will also have compacted the soil surface, so gently fork the surface over - making sure not to damage any plants still lying dormant below the surface. This allows air to get to the roots and generally help with the micro-organic activity below the surface of the soil.
Rake seed beds over in readiness for new lawns and apply a fertilizer. Edging of established lawns can be carried out now prior to the start of mowing. If the lawn is dry, the first cut can be made - with the blades set high.
Beware of slug activity as the temperatures rise. They can strip young plants and new growth, doing irreparable damage.