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I believe the best time to divide irises is the fall. And I have found that anytime after August 15th is considered fall to irises. Periodically you must divide to keep them in good health and blooming nicely. I try to divide mine every three years but never let them go longer than five years without being divided. I have found that if I divide and replant them in the fall they will more regularly bloom again the following season. My luck has been that if I divide and replant in the spring, they skip a season to bloom.
- We are nearing the middle of August and many plants are starting to show signs of stress from our hot, dry summer. Pruning promotes good health and vigor and will usually spark new growth. Plants that are showing stress can be downsized to help them with drought and heat stress. It is not recommended to take more than one-third of the plant.
Some might think it is too hot to plant. This might be a great time to add some extras to your garden. Maybe you have been dreaming of a fountain, bench, or maybe a statue.
Water is always a great addition to the garden whether it is in the form of a fountain, pondless water feature, or a pond. I don’t think there is anything more soothing than the sound of water moving. It can do a spectacular job of drowning out annoying neighborhood noises.
- Keep yourself well hydrated while in the garden
- Water the lawn early in the morning for less evaporation
- Water in shorter increments more often (less run off)
- Don’t mow shorter than 3 inches in the heat (because your lawn will require more water if it is shorter)
- Use fertilizers for hot dry weather as they are slow release and are less likely to burn your lawn or plants
We see daylilies in landscapes all around the Front Range, which are used because they are a very dependable perennial. Very rarely do we see daylilies that don’t make it through our winters. It used to be that all we would see around were two varieties of daylilies, Stella d’Oro which is the golden-yellow re-blooming daylily that is used all over and Happy Returns, which is the lighter yellow re-blooming daylily. There has been a lot of breeding and hybridizing of daylilies lately to come up with varieties that provide large flowers in many colors and also have the potential to re-bloom
If you have spots in your lawn from your dog, we can help! I have two dogs (one chow and one corgi) on a small patch of lawn (560 sq. ft.). I have been using Humega for six years and haven’t had dog spots in my lawn since. Humega is a liquid humus - a combination of natural, organic plant acids including humic acid, in enzymatic solution. It will promote soil aeration and water penetration. It is a biologically enhanced product that may increase the availability of micronutients and buffer salts.
We all love having lots of color in our yard, but annuals and flower beds can be a lot of maintenance. There are many shrubs that provide an easy way to get a lot of color throughout the summer. When I've been out and about lately, here are some shrubs that have really caught my eye.
Here are some quick tips to keep your yard and garden looking great in June:
1. Roses need their monthly feeding. We recommend Bill’s Rose Food.
2. Fertilize your hanging baskets to keep them happy and healthy. We water them so much that all nutrients leach out. We recommend Fertilome Rooting and Blooming.
3 Flowering and fruiting plants should be fertilized with a fertilizer high in phosphorous. We recommend Espoma Flower tone. For fruit we recommend Dry Fruit by Age Old.