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Say ‘There’s a good shrub’ – and prune your dogwood

There are lots of tasks to start in March, here’s one for you … from The Wrigglers

The worms have spent some time thinking of tasks in the garden for March. There’s quite a few to dos. For example, pruning your dogwood now will ensure a fantastic display of colourful stems again next year. Follow our blog to get daily gardening cartoons, tasks and tips.

hard pruning dogwood and other plants with colourful bark. You can hard prune these plants to get colourful regrowth that will add colour to you plant and garden the following winter. The dogwood image is of a plant that has been hard pruned. The worm says, "That's a hard prune." The other worm says, "if it was easy, everyone would be doing it"

It’s March and the garden is starting to spring into life a bit. It’s still cold … the worms are making it a bit brighter with some cartoons of ‘what to do’.

If you haven’t already, take a look at our Put Pollinators First page, supporting the BBC Gardener’s World campaign to reduce the decline of insects and bees in our gardens. Join the campaign and plant some wild flowers in your garden, as well as pruning your dogwoods.

That’s enough from the worms, here’s some tip-top advise from the experts

Including protecting your plants from slugs advice.

Gardener’s World talk about feeding your soil

RHS talk about what to do this month – spring is in sight …

Garden Organic talk about what to plant this month

Great direction, packed full of links and further reading

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Year-round garden pruning guide

Great advice and full of quick and simple tips too, for example … don’t cut into tender plants or evergreens right now as their top growth provides insulation from penetrating cold.

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