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What To Do in Your Florida Garden in March

The first day of spring arrives on March 19, 20, or 21 each year; and the entire month is a time of hopeful anticipation for gardeners. It’s always important, however, not to plant too soon. In Florida, the average last freeze date of winter is January 20, but the latest last freeze was on March 4. The things you can do in your garden in March include planting, though you may want to get a frost blanket, just in case it’s needed.

At Cypress Creek Landscape Supply, we are here to support your gardening ambitions. Even in times when getting out and about isn’t as easy as it used to be, no worries. You can always shop on our website, call us to discuss your plans, place an order remotely, and we will deliver. We always offer delivery for bulk items, as well.

The following are good ways to dig into gardening in March.

Vegetable Garden for Spring, Tampa FLIn Mid-March, Plant your Spring Vegetable Garden

If you wait much longer than mid-March to plant your warm-season vegetable garden, the heat can interfere with your plants’ productivity.

Move your seeds, your tomato transplants, and other vegetable transplants to the garden.

Below are among the warm season vegetables you can plant in your spring vegetable garden:

  • Summer squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Okra
  • Melon
  • Beans
  • Peppers
  • Southern peas

Plant Flowers

Plant warm-season annuals. These plants last for one season. What’s best about them is that they provide long-lasting blooms that you will be able to enjoy all spring and well into summer. Some species will continue blooming into the fall season. These are the perfect flowers if you like a landscape with gorgeous blooms and colorful accents.

First Prepare the Beds

Before you buy your plants, prepare the beds. The following are tips to prepare beds for annuals in Florida:

    • It’s best if you began preparing a few weeks before planting. The area should be spaded or tilled at least 6 inches deep. Any visible weeds and old plant material should be removed.
    • Increase the nutrients in the soil by incorporating two or three inches of peat, potting soil, compost, or another type of organic matter.
    • Wait until you’ve fertilized before planting flowers. It’s best to use a controlled-release fertilizer so that the flowers have a nutrient supply that lasts all season. The type of fertilizer should be matched to the type of annuals you’ll be planting.
    • Pay attention to the amount of sunlight there is in your garden. Choose flowers that thrive in the garden’s conditions. For instance, some flowers tolerate full sun all day while others flourish with only a few hours of sun.
    • Use fumigant to keep nematodes out. The microscopic insects can wreak havoc on annuals.

Sunflowers, Tampa FLIdeal Annuals for Florida Gardens

There are many beautiful options for Florida annual flowers, including the following:

  • Begonia
  • Sunflower
  • Pansy
  • Bird-of-Paradise
  • Snapdragon
  • Wildflowers
  • Viola
  • Ornamental Peppers

At Cypress Creek Landscape Supply, we carry everything you need to enjoy successful warm-season gardens. We carry annuals and vegetables for your garden as well as the fertilizer and gardening tools you’ll need. If you are planning to spruce up your landscape with rocks, gravel, or boulders, we deliver these and other items in bulk. We are here for you with our 2-acre oasis of trees, flowers, plants, pebbles, and much more. Visit us at 12734 N. Florida Avenue and call 813-933-7944 anytime during working hours.