March Lawn & Garden To-Do List

Flowers blooming

As you plan your early spring chores, take a look at your garden soil. When a shovelful of soil crumbles in your hands, the soil is considered “workable.” If it’s still frozen, or soggy enough that a handful mushes into a ball, you should wait before plowing or digging.

Also take note of your last frost date and hardiness zone. As soon as the last frost has passed, you can begin planting summer bulbs and annuals and working outdoors in earnest.

Bare-root roses and shrubs can be planted while dormant.

Trees and Shrubs

  • Continue pruning nonflowering trees and shrubs. You can also prune summer and fall flowering trees and shrubs such as crape myrtle and butterfly bush.
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs such as azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons after they bloom.
  • Hold off on pruning birch, maple, and other “bleeding” trees until after the leaves develop.
  • Clean up and prune trees and shrubs that have been broken by winter storms, but hold off on pruning frost and cold damage until growth starts, so you can see what's able to recover.
  • Plant bare-root and container-grown trees and shrubs.
  • Begin fertilizing trees and shrubs once growth starts.
  • Transplant trees and shrubs when the soil is workable, but before they leaf out.
  • Prune and fertilize roses.

Remove winter mulch gradually to protect tender new growth.

Perennials and Bulbs

  • Cut back overgrown or leggy perennials.
  • Cut or mow ornamental grasses, being careful not to cut the short new growth.
  • Plant, divide, and transplant perennials and ornamental grasses as soon as the soil is workable.
  • Weed bulb beds, being careful not to disturb the bulbs.
  • Replant any plants that have been pushed out of the ground by frost heaving.
  • Remove any extra winter mulch from perennials gradually after the worst of the freezing weather has passed. Note the hardiness zone of the plant, and remove the mulch once temperatures have warmed to the minimum for that zone.
  • Fertilize bulbs after blooming, with a bulb-boosting fertilizer or compost.
  • Plant tender bulbs (such as caladium, dahlia, and tuberous begonia) after all danger of frost has passed.
  • Prune overgrown vines once they have bloomed.


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  • Naomi Schmidt Says:
    March 4th, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Good reminders!

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    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    March 20th, 2017 at 9:03 am

  • Jan Says:
    March 19th, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I heard you today on Fox and Friends talking about mixture of epsom salts, vinegar, and dish detergent for weeds. What is actual formula?
    Thank you.

  • Jim Says:
    March 2nd, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Great info!

  • Ramona Bradshaw Says:
    March 1st, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I’m a BIG fan of your show keep the tips a coming! It’s great to see your daughter Chelsea by your side. 🙂

  • Bob Says:
    March 17th, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    When is the perfect time to put down grub begone, they were awful last summer and don’t want them again this year!

  • Emma Says:
    March 10th, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I have tangerine, grape and other fruit seeds I would like to plant. I also have a few pecans I would like to plant. When would be a good time to plant them?

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    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 1st, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Hi Gary,
    You can find out about filming locations needed for home improvement projects around the Mobile, AL, area on our Locations page at

  • Gary Foster Says:
    March 1st, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Wanted to look over the LOCATIONS that Danny referred to for future projects maybe in Mobile but could not find it.

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    Ben Erickson Says:
    March 2nd, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Hi Truqueen,
    Glad to hear you enjoy the show, and thanks for the feedback!

  • Truqueen Says:
    March 2nd, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Been watching your show from the begining. Just discovered the website. Had to write to say thanks for all the tips and money saving advice. Couldn’t have done my home justice without you Danny!

  • Marilyn Teichman Says:
    March 1st, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Just found your show and absolutely love all the good tips and advice that you all give-and now I’m loving your emails! Please give some advice on how to begin the process of having a house built. Should I just choose a reliable contractor and leave it to him? I can’t seem to find out anything about the costing process. I have some ideas that I want to use, and my house will be under 1200 sq ft, so we’re not talking enormous expense. I’ve a small inheritance and would like to build without a mortgage, so the main problem I’m having is determining how much the process will cost. Thank you (btw-really enjoyed watching Chelsea work on her new home)

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March Lawn & Garden To-Do List