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.