Sep 06 2018
Fall is right around the corner. Autumn brings with it some wonderful seasonal joys: Halloween, pumpkins, changing leaves, school starting….And it’s the perfect time to spend some time in your garden dividing perennials!
Perennials are generally considered low maintenance, but like most plants, there are things you can do to help them grow and look their best. Perennial division is a key task that will help rejuvenate plants so that they can grow the way you intended. Early fall is the perfect time to accomplish this work, because the cooler moist conditions allow the plants to establish roots and settle in for the next season. Also, in these early months of fall we are still a while away from the ground freezing, which means new plantings have time to take root and thrive before winter hits.
Here’s our own process for perennial division. This simple guide should get you through the work, but of course, reach out to us if you have any questions!
- Drive a spade around the outside of the plant mass. Using the spade or shovel carefully lift the entire plant to the surface.
- Divide the plant appropriately as determined by the type of root system the plant has.
- Discard the old center of the plant as well as any undersized or poor quality sections, and trim back the foliage of the plant.
- At this time, take the opportunity to improve and rejuvenate the soil with compost or peat moss and cow manure.
- Replant your divisions.
It’s that simple! The process of dividing perennials allows you to edit or rearrange a bed. If you’ve been desiring a change in your landscaping, or the bed is crowded and doesn’t allow proper air circulation or light penetration, this task is a great way to help you make those changes.
Some other times you might want to consider perennial division are if plants are dying out in the center, or they have slowed or stopped flowing. Not only that, if you’d like to produce additional plants to use in other areas, perennial division is a great way to get them.
We suggest dividing your perennial plants every 3 or 4 years as part of a routine schedule. This will allow you to properly maintain the health of your gardens while increasing the number of plants you have – plant more or give some to friends!
If you have any questions on this process please reach out to us! We find that the more plants you have to give to friends, the better!