March is a perfect time to come in and talk to us about your landscaping needs. We'll get started early creating a design especially fitted to your dreams and your property. We have more than 28 years experience in Xeric landscaping, and look forward to working on a design that will transform your vision into a beautiful, easy to maintain, and ecologically integrated setting.
While the last of the wood pile warms the hearth, you can start working on your springtime to-do list:
Of course, since the March sun does usually provide some mid-day warmth, there are some outdoor projects we can tackle as well:
We get early shipments of potting soil, fertilizers, and other products for March gardening. Come in and let us help you.
In March, even though it can still be quite cold outside -- especially at night -- the green spirits begin to quicken and we find the urge to break ground and begin planting. But since March and even April are always unpredictable when it comes to frosts, we sometimes wonder if we should wait. Our elevation and proximity to the high Sierra can bring frosts late into spring. In fact, you've probably been told that you shouldn't plant until the snow has left Peavine Peak!
But this is not exactly true. As a rule of thumb we've found this mostly applies to the hot weather plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, and to many of the hothouse plants you find at the big box stores that haven't been grown to fit the climates of our region.
But if anyone tells you you shouldn't plant until the snow is off Peavine, it's just not true. When the snow has melted from Peavine it means that we can be confident that all threat of frost has past for the present growing season.
Not everything can be planted now, of course, but there are plenty of plants that can be planted in March. So, don't let the snow on Peavine stop you. If you're itching to plant, come in to our shop and let us show you what we have available in March. We get new shipments almost daily.
Peavine Peak with snow
March is a perfect time to plant cold hardy seeds that take some time to sprout. This way you'll get a head start when the warmer days do finally arrive. Also, we carry some excellent, localized wildflower seed mixes that can be planted in March and April. Toward the end of the month, you can start seeds of cool weather vegetables like beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, green onions, kale, lettuce, potato tubers, shallots, spinach, and don't forget to plant some green peas on St. Patrick's Day for good luck. March weather is usually ok to plant cool weather hearty herbs like chives, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.
We have a large selection of seeds especially selected for our area. Come in and let us help you get an early start.
March is a great time to study the 'rooms' of your garden. You can focus in on the microclimates of your yard by studying the phases of growth. Take note of where perennials first begin to pop up or leaf out and then you can compare those places to where the same or similar types of plants remain dormant for a longer period of time. You can use this knowledge to help plan for extended growing seasons for new plantings of similar types.
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