UCCE Master Gardeners of Tuolumne County
Gardening Tips for March
- Prune grapes and roses.
- Cleanup: remove mummy fruit and blighted limbs on stone fruit to reduce brown rot. Remove and destroy fallen leaves to reduce peach leaf curl.
- Mulch cane berries, cut out all old canes and reset new canes in twine.
- Cultivate and pull weeds now!
- If weather permits, prepare beds for planting by spading in compost an soil amendments.
- Check irrigation system and perform maintenance as needed.
- Divide and replant herbs.
- To prevent sunburn and borer problems, paint young tree trunks with water based interior white latex paint 1:1 with water.
- Consider replacing plants to improve the safety and sustainability of your property.
- Check dates of Master Gardener classes.
Have a Gardening Question?
Contact the Master Gardener Hotline: 209-533-5912 or fill out the "Ask a Master Gardener" online form.
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