March What to do in in your Garden this Month
Friday, March 23, 2018 | Regina Downes | Comments (0)
There's always something to do in the garden, whether its pruning, weeding or planting, so we have put together a few important tasks this March to help
you to stay on top of those must do jobs during this wet season.
Please god cut your lawn! Driving around the top end, is like driving through an urban jungle with cars and trailers barley visible in peoples driveways.
For the love of god, take some pride in your home and cut your lawn!
Cutting your lawn is not only going to make your garden and home look NICE! but regular mowing of the lawn helps cut the tops of any weeds that have developed
seed heads in your lawn and in turn stops the spread of weeds throughout your garden. I won't even begin to mention how amazing you will look &
feel after all that exercise you will get from mowing the lawn!
Trees & Palms
Get rid of that palm pile at the end of your garden! I am sure it well and truly stinks by now and you can bet your bottom dollar there is probably some
big huge ass snake hiding in the palm fronds, after making itself quite at home because the palms fronds have being sitting there for so long.
Try if you can to move your palm frond pile away from your house or even to the tip to get mulched, as leaving palm fronds pile up is making a place for
unwanted visitors to live, creating a host for garden pests and fungal diseases.
Plant more Trees! With the rain still around you will get a head start before the dry season arrives!
March is the time of year to get out and keep on top of those invasive vines, that take over and choke your shrubs and trees. Stay on top of this or it
will become a lot harder to remove come the dry season. Use Blackberry tree killer (get from your local hardware/landscape suppliers) on various parts
of invasive vines, this will kill the entire vine and make it easier to remove)
Stay on top of your weeds, spray or and hand pull weeds whenever you can! I tend to do a big spray of weed killer then hand pull until its get out of control
again! Cover any bare soil you have, either with plants or mulch, because if you don't it will be a great growing spot for weeds.
If you feel like your shrubs have grown immensely since last dry season and could do with a good prune back, I am asking you to STOP and wait! If you really
really must-a light tip prune is okay (cut the soft new leaves-no woody stems!). The reason why I am asking you not to, is because any open wound can
lead to and entry point for disease and infection with all this rain still about.
Plant more shrubs! With the rain still around you will get a head start before the dry season arrives!
As ground covers are mostly soft leaved plants opposed to woody shrubs, it is fine to give them a little trim back now as the rain starts to lessen.
Ground covers such as Alternathea, Evolvulus, Gardenia, ipomea and russelias should all be fine with a trim back. Divide your dwarf rhoeo's now and replant
back into the garden.
Pictured above-Alternathea 'Little ruby'
Pictured above; Evolvulus species
Pictured above; Russelia reggae red
The Edible Patch
Below is a list of hardy edibles that you can continue growing this time of year.
- Lemons Mulberries white and black
Limes Egyptian spinach
- Oranges Sweet Leaf
- Paw Paw (not small seedling) Jackfruit
- Bananas Egg Plant
- Dragon Fruit Pineapple
- Loofa/Lufa Rosella
- Barabados cherry Galangal
- Okra Mangoes
- Starfruit Chilies
- Tumeric Sweet potato
- Chives Lemon grass
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