Things to do in March
1. Sample you soil and send to the CT Agricultural Station in New Haven or Windsor.
2. Bring a friend or neighbor to the pruning demo to learn how to prune the proper way
3. Is your Tetanus shot up to date? It is a good idea to have a tetanus booster at least every ten years, although for those of us who are always working in the soil, five years is probably better. Tetanus is a soil born bacteria that can cause serious problems, and nobody needs those! There is not a lot going on in the garden now, so call the doctor and make your appointment.
4. Evaluate your roses and see which ones aren’t performing well. A change to a new location in your garden may help or maybe consider replacing ones don’t do well.  Get the new roses at the April CRS Meeting and plant then.
5. April is a good time to transplant roses in your garden. If a rose is too small or large for the spot you’ve given it, or it doesn’t bloom enough for a prime spot you may want to find a different one.  For March- do the planning for the move.
6. Make a garden map. It doesn’t have to be fancy; it will be a record of what varieties are planted and where they are at. Tags and markers can fade or get lost over the winter.
7. Check the new rose catalogs! Order early for the best selection, some varieties sell out very quickly.
8. Sharpen and clean your pruning tools. Maybe consider upgrading your pruners if they are wearing out or not really good quality.  If high quality like Felco, you can replace the blades when needed and save having to buy the whole thing.
9. When the forsythia blooms in your area, it is time to prune. Being warm this winter, it may be early this year.
10. Early April- Check to see that the tags you haver in your rose garden have not been displaced by the winter weather.  Repair or replace iaw your Garden Map.