How to Transplant Irises

Written by LeAnn R. Ralph

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3. Dig holes with a trowel about four inches deep and eight to ten inches apart. Putrepparttar iris roots intorepparttar 136412 holes and cover with soil.

4. Waterrepparttar 136413 transplanted irises thoroughly. Forrepparttar 136414 remainder ofrepparttar 136415 season, waterrepparttar 136416 irises a couple of times each week, especially when rain is in short supply.

Observations about irises:

1. From what I have seen ofrepparttar 136417 irises growing in my flower beds, they are tough plants that are quite drought resistant. Like any plant, they will do better when they receive plenty of water, but during years when it has been dry, they have still survived extremely well. And of course,repparttar 136418 irises that I dug up from old homesteads didn't have any help at all during drought years, and *they* made it just fine.

2. The irises in my yard seem to do equally well in full sun or in partial shade.

3. Trimmingrepparttar 136419 iris leaves afterrepparttar 136420 plants are done blooming to give more room and more light to other plants nearby doesn't seem to botherrepparttar 136421 irises. Forrepparttar 136422 past couple of years, I have trimmed irises growing next to my rose bush, andrepparttar 136423 following year,repparttar 136424 irises have come back as strong as ever.


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LeAnn R. Ralph is the author of the farm books "Christmas in Dairyland (True Stories from a Wisconsin Farm" and "Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam" (trade paperback 2004);

Summer Lawn Care Tips

Written by Josh Gray

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Mowing isrepparttar most misunderstood part of lawn care, andrepparttar 136411 most often incorrectly performed part of lawn care. Far too many people will set their mowers too low or "scalp"repparttar 136412 lawn. How many times have you spent time mowing your grass in hopes of a beautiful result only to end up with brown spots? Cutting too much offrepparttar 136413 top leads to thinned out grass, and shallow root systems.

Now once you have achievedrepparttar 136414 perfect lawn, you must do regular maintenance to prevent it from going back to being a pasture. Spend a little time and money and keep it watered and you will keeprepparttar 136415 lush grass you spent your hard earned money and time on. The ideal way to water your lawn is with an Automatic Underground Sprinkler System. This wayrepparttar 136416 watering is done every day that it needs it, you don't have to drag hoses, you don't waste water from over watering, and you get all ofrepparttar 136417 lawn watered, not just where you happen to setrepparttar 136418 sprinkler. If you implement this type of sprinkler system, make sure to water shrubbery and annuals separate fromrepparttar 136419 lawn. If you appliedrepparttar 136420 same amount of water on your landscape as gets put onrepparttar 136421 lawn you would surely kill some plants from over watering.

Now that you’re ready to care for your lawn, you’ll need to get your supplies. Lawn care products can be found at many local gardening centers, or through many online merchants. Buying gardening supplies online is growing in popularity, and made even more economical by online coupons and discounts. For coupons on everything from fertilizers to lawn tools and equipment, check out and easily save yourself some big bucks. Spendrepparttar 136422 extra cash on your first big BBQ ofrepparttar 136423 summer and invite all your neighbors over to drool over your well manicured, lush green lawn.

Josh Gray, President of UC San Diego’s Gardens Club, is a consultant to This online coupon website provides free coupons and discount codes to many favorite gardening websites on their home and garden coupons page.

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