Whether you’re an avid gardener or a homeowner looking to add a little color and life to your outdoor area, you know that timing is of the essence when it comes to making sure your plants and flowers thrive for the long haul. If you plant things too early in the season, they may get damaged by cold weather and fail to sprout. And if you plant too late, they may fail to absorb the nutrients, sunlight, and water that’s abundant in the springtime and early summer.
Getting the timing just right when it comes to planting anything can make a huge difference in the appearance and the yield of your garden and landscaping. Late March is the perfect time to get a head start on your spring planting, and there are several plant varieties that will thrive throughout the rest of the spring and into the summer and fall if you take action now.
So if you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and start digging in the dirt, check out Blindster’s list of the top 5 things to begin planting today:
Cold-season flowers that can withstand late winter/early spring frosts.
The arrival of spring doesn’t always guarantee several months of warmer weather. Freezing air can be a possibility well into April and May for many parts of the country, leaving plants exposed to damaging low temperatures early in their lifecycle. If you live in an area that stays cold well into the spring season, it’s better to be safe than sorry in mid to late March by sticking with cold-season annual flowers. Pansies, primulas, snapdragons, and calendulas or marigolds are hardier than many other types of flowers and can withstand low temperatures without significant damage, allowing them to thrive once the weather warms up for the long haul.
Cool-weather vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and beets.
Much like flowers, many vegetables can be planted early in the spring or even in the weeks leading up to spring, but doing so can put many varieties at significant risk of suffering damage and ill health due to unexpected cold snaps and frosts. If you live in a climate that is prone to freezing temperatures in late March and early April, it’s a good idea to wait until the weather is stabilized before planting any vegetables that will be harshly affected by cold weather. However, there are many cool-weather crops that are known for their ability to survive even in harsh conditions, including broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, and beets. Even with these cool-weather vegetables, it’s still a good idea to protect them on cold nights with the use of things like frost blankets and mulch.
Warm-weather grass seeds like Bermuda, Zoysia, and St. Augustine.
The best time to seed your lawn or outdoor area depends heavily on your local climate. But in general, choosing the right month or season to begin preparing your lawn can be as simple as deciding on the type of grass you want to have. Warm-weather grass thrives when planted early in the spring, as it can grow and become healthy and hardy in time for the high temperatures of the summer months. The cool weather and frequent rain showers of late March and all of April create the ideal growing environment for varieties like Bermuda, Centipede, Zoysia, and St. Augustine. Depending on where you live, you may need to experiment with different types of grass and different sowing schedules to get the perfect lawn.
Trees such as evergreens, conifers, and container-grown trees.
Trees can make a huge difference in the appearance of your lawn, garden, or outdoor area, but they can carry a large price tag—especially if they’re relatively mature trees. Because of the high cost of trees and the potential impact they can have on your home’s appearance and property value, it’s important that you plant them at the right time to maximize their health and lifespan. If you live in a cold climate, spring time—or the time when the ground first thaws—is the perfect time to plant. For warmer climates, varieties like evergreens and conifers are best suited for the mild temperatures of mid to late spring that help the trees establish strong root systems.
Potted indoor plants like peace lilies, areca palms, and ficus trees.
Indoor plants have the luxury of stable temperatures, reliable watering schedules, and abundant sunshine in window sills. Because of those favorable factors, there’s no bad time to pot or re-pot indoor plants. However, there is a great time to do it—and that’s right now. Re-potting your indoor plants in mid to late March just as the sun’s rays are becoming stronger and the days are getting longer ensures that your plants will continue growing and be able to handle the stress of re-potting better than at any other time of the year.