March weather can be unpredictable, but here are a few general guidelines to follow this month.

Cultivate plants indoors

Now’s the time to get going on plants that will bloom later in the warm-weather season. For plants that shouldn’t be moved outdoors until after the last frost date in your area, start seeds six to eight weeks ahead of time. This includes fruits like tomatoes and melons, and certain flowering annuals like zinnias and nasturtiums.

Start weeding

Along with the first signs of growth from cold-weather-loving plants, you’re also sure to see some early growth of weeds. Get in the habit of pulling them up regularly now; doing so will help keep them from getting out of control later.

Prune rose bushes

Immediately following the last frost, head outside with your pruning shears to trim back your rose bushes. This is the ideal time to eliminate dead or diseased stems to make way for new growth. Bear in mind, though, that some varieties of roses shouldn’t be trimmed until after they’ve bloomed—so don’t proceed until you’ve done your homework.


Putting down some fertilizer in early spring can help many plants thrive at the start of the growing season. Consider fertilizing shrubs, rose bushes and both evergreen and deciduous trees. Choose a relatively warm day—perhaps later in the month—and be sure to thoroughly water in your fertilizer.

Plan your Projects

Brainstorm any garden projects you might want to tackle once the weather gets nice. Walk your yard and assess areas for improvement, take photos, measurements and even sketch out ideas. Bring these in to White Oak for expert advice and quality products to help with the success of your project.