How were your perennial flowerbeds this year? Did you have gorgeous blossoms all summer-long, or were your plants mostly putting out greenery with just a few leggy flowers?
If you answered greenery and leggy flowers then you need to perform some major surgery on your beds and the best time to do it is right now. Heres how:
* Dig up your perennial with a garden fork or spade, making sure to keep the roots intact and attached to the leaves.
* Place the perennial on the ground and cut in half with a spade. Now you have two plants with roots attached. Dont worry if you have to hack at the root mass. The plants dont mind.
* If the plant is really large, you can divide it into several smaller plants. (See photos for a good example.)
* Plant each new perennial in freshly turned soil not too close to each other and water well.
New gardeners worry theyre going to kill their plants by dividing them. Not true. Plants need space to grow, just like children. And like a bunch of kids, they often get on better when they're split up!
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