March Garden Calendar for the Midwest

Spring is almost here! There are many tasks to do before spring planting begins. Be sure to check out some of the new 2011 All-American Selections of plants and the upcoming April garden calendar as well as other yard and garden ideas.

"March Calendar for the Midwest"



  • Time to spray random growing dandelions, chickweed, and henbit
  • Late march and mid April is the time to apply a crabgrass preventer
  • If you have bluegrass and tall fescue grass, you can seed areas that need over-seeding.
  • Fertilize bluegrass and tall fescue if you did not do so in the fall.
  • Mow your grass down to ½ inch to get rid of unwanted winter debris.


  • Plant cold tolerant plants such as pansies, calendula, and snapdragons.
  • Perennials can be divided and planted.
  • Cut back all dead foliage and remove to clean out flower beds.
  • Compost and organic matter can be added to prepare beds for the new planting season.
  • Fertilize plants when growth appears.
  • Seeds can be started indoors preferably under lights for transplanted later.
  • Remove layered winter mulch from your roses.
  • Time to plant new roses
  • Cut back ornamental grasses to 5 inches of the ground.
  • Tulips, daffodils, and other spring bulbs can be fertilized.
  • Destroy old foliage from iris before new growth begins to guard against iris borers.
  • Keep any mail order plants cool and moist until planting.


  • Prune all trees, with the exception of maple, birch, and walnut. Prune them after they leaf out.
  • Wait to prune spring flowering shrubs until after they bloom.
  • Place up to 4” of mulch around trees and shrub plantings. Avoid mulching around trunks.
  • Fertilize shrubs and trees
  • Time to plant new trees
  • Young trees that have tree wraps should have wraps removed.
  • Clean all ground cover plantings by raking and clearing off.


  • Get ready for spring planting by preparing your soil.
  • Before fertilizing do a soil test to check your soil. If not, put 1-2 lbs. Of 10-10-10 per 100 sq.ft.
  • Start indoor seeds for warm season plants such as tomatoes, and peppers.
  • Plant: potatoes, peas, onions, lettuce and other salad crops.
  • Plant: Asparagus, rhubarb, and strawberries.
  • Plant: (In late March) cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage.
  • Remove straw or mulch from strawberries when they begin growing.
  • To reduce mites and scale, apply a dormant oil to fruit plantings.
  • Apply a fungicide application to control peach leaf curl.
  • Complete any pruning needed for fruit trees, grapes, raspberries, and blackberries.


  • Make sure your garden tools or nice and sharp.
  • Repair any tools are equipment that is in need of repair.



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