March Garden Planning Checklist

Here are garden planning tips and checklist for the month of March.

Maintenance and cleanup

  • Mow your lawn and set the blade at .75 to 1 inch for bentgrass lawns. For bluegrasses, fine fescue and ryegrasses, you’ll want to set it at 1.5 to 2.5 inches.
  • Compost your grass clippings and yard waste. Exclude any clippings where you have used weed killers.
  • Spread compost over garden and landscape areas.
  • Fertilize evergreen shrubs, trees, rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas as needed. If they are well established this may not be necessary.

Planting and propagation

  • For those in Central Oregon, you can start planting seed flats of cole crops indoors. This includes cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower.
  • For those in Western Oregon and the soil is dry enough, you can plant cool-season crops like carrots and beets. Onions can be planted outdoors when the soil is dry enough.
  • In Western Oregon, you can also start planting berry crops like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, currants, etc.

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