How to Transplant Irises

Written by LeAnn R. Ralph

In my experience, irises are amongrepparttar easiest flowers to transplant.

One spring many years ago, an older friend of mine dug up an iris bed at her home. They were bearded irises -- a lovely shade of lilac purple -- and she moved some of them to a different location. The irises had already started to grow and were about four inches high. She didn't know what to do withrepparttar 136412 remaining irises, so she put them in a box, intending to give them away.

As it turned out,repparttar 136413 irises remained inrepparttar 136414 box for more than two weeks. By now, she didn't feel she could give them away because she didn't think they would grow. I offered to takerepparttar 136415 irises and plant them, just to see what would happen.

The irises were not one bit bothered about being in a box for more than two weeks with no water and no dirt around their roots. I planted them, they started growing, and they're still going strong more than 25 years later.

Inrepparttar 136416 past two decades, I have thinned outrepparttar 136417 irises and planted them in other locations. I have also found irises growing by old homesteads where no buildings remain (I live in rural Wisconsin) and have dug them up and transplanted them in my yard. Each year in early June,repparttar 136418 irises bloom in a variety of colors: white, blue, yellow and purple.

Here's how to transplant irises:

1. Preparerepparttar 136419 new flower bed where you intend to plantrepparttar 136420 irises.

2. Use a shovel to dig uprepparttar 136421 roots that you want to transplant. Irises have very tough root systems. Ifrepparttar 136422 irises are exceptionally thick, a trowel probably won't dorepparttar 136423 trick. Stickrepparttar 136424 shovel intorepparttar 136425 dirt amongrepparttar 136426 irises and start digging. And don't worry about cuttingrepparttar 136427 roots withrepparttar 136428 shovel. You won't be able to avoid it. Irises spread by their roots, so many ofrepparttar 136429 plants will be connected. Even a short section of root stands an excellent chance of transplanting.

Summer Lawn Care Tips

Written by Josh Gray

Summer is just aroundrepparttar corner, and your lawn could probably use a little maintenance beforerepparttar 136411 summer season of backyard BBQs and swimming inrepparttar 136412 pool. So what are you doing now to get your lawn ready? Lawn care is often feared as a difficult and time intensive process, but with a few guidelines and tips, you can easily have a healthy green lawn in time forrepparttar 136413 first backyard party ofrepparttar 136414 season.

First of all, if you can spare a minute of your time, don’t hire a lawn care “specialist” or professional landscaper. Buying your own lawn care products is cheap and easy, with hundreds of vendors offering products online and in Do-It-Yourself stores. A wide variety of products such as weed controllers to fertilizers can be found online, and usually can be found at reasonable prices, especially when you do a little online coupon searching.

Starting off onrepparttar 136415 right foot is important to reviving your lawn after winter. Fertilizer isrepparttar 136416 key to ensuring strong healthy growth ofrepparttar 136417 grass in your yard. Fertilizingrepparttar 136418 grass does more than just make it green. Of course it will make it grow too, but lot's of things happen when you fertilize. Fertilizer makesrepparttar 136419 seed germinate faster, and get started out ofrepparttar 136420 ground. Afterrepparttar 136421 grass has a good start fertilizer will makerepparttar 136422 grass get thicker and send off beneficial chemicals like Rhizomes, Stolons, and Tillers all makingrepparttar 136423 grass thicker and healthier.

What most people want to know about fertilizing is - how much and when? Typically, you want to fertilize 4 times each season, spread 60 days apart. Start in early spring approximately 30 days beforerepparttar 136424 growing season begins in your area, continuing throughrepparttar 136425 growing season until fall. Spring fertilizing getsrepparttar 136426 grass off to a fast start giving you that rich green color everyone wants. A word of warning though, don't use too much fertilizer, followrepparttar 136427 listed guidelines onrepparttar 136428 bag.

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