March Gardening Check List: Embrace the Green Thumb Magic

March Gardening Adventures: Embrace the Green Thumb Magic!

1. Clean Up:

  • Remove any debris, dead plants, or weeds from the garden beds to prepare for spring planting.
  • Prune dead or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.

2. Soil Preparation:

  • Test soil pH levels and amend if necessary.
  • Add compost or organic matter to improve soil structure and fertility.
  • Begin preparing new garden beds by tilling the soil.

3. Start Seeds Indoors:

  • Start seeds indoors for warm-season vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants, especially in cooler zones where the growing season is shorter (USDA Zones 3-6).

4. Direct Sow Cold-Hardy Vegetables:

  • Directly sow seeds outdoors for cold-hardy vegetables like peas, spinach, lettuce, kale, and radishes in cooler zones (USDA Zones 3-6).

5. Transplant Hardy Perennials:

  • Transplant hardy perennials and divide overgrown plants as needed.

6. Pruning and Training:

  • Prune roses before new growth begins.
  • Train climbing plants onto trellises or supports.

7. Plant Cool-Season Flowers:

  • Plant cool-season annuals and perennials like pansies, violas, and snapdragons for early spring color in cooler zones (USDA Zones 3-7).

8. Fruit Tree Care:

  • Prune fruit trees before bud break.
  • Apply dormant oil sprays to control pests on fruit trees.

9. Start Bulbs Indoors:

  • Start summer-flowering bulbs indoors for later transplanting outdoors after the last frost date in cooler zones (USDA Zones 3-6).

10. Lawn Care: - Apply pre-emergent herbicides to prevent weed seeds from germinating. - Begin mowing the lawn once it starts growing.

11. Pest and Disease Management: - Inspect plants for signs of pests and diseases and take appropriate action. - Clean and disinfect gardening tools and pots to prevent the spread of diseases.

12. Mulching: - Apply a layer of mulch around plants to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.


  • USDA Plant Hardiness Zones vary across the United States, so it's essential to adjust gardening activities based on the specific zone you are in. For instance, while March may signal the start of the growing season in warmer zones like 7-10, it may still be too cold for outdoor planting in colder zones like 3-6. Always refer to your local extension office or gardening resources for zone-specific advice.