Save some money while you garden by copying this fantastic idea

One plant becomes two, and two can become four or more with this great garden magic! Dividing your existing perennial plants will keep them healthy and save you money over time.
Perennial plants are a great addition to your garden space. A one time investment in a plant will grow year after year, providing foliage and color with little work from you. After a few years though even the best perennials can become crowded and overgrown. To keep them growing their best, as well as spreading their beauty to other areas of the garden, follow these steps to divide the plants.
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1. Dig clump
The first step in dividing your perennials is digging up the clump that is overgrown. Dig deeply around the perimeter of the plant using a shovel, to loosen the roots while trying to remove the entire root system. Using the shovel handle as a lever push down to help lift the clump up out of the ground.
2. Divide
Once the clump has been carefully removed from the ground it's time to divide it into smaller sections. Ideally, each section should have 3-4 sets of shoots that come up out of the root crown, minimally you need 1 shoot and 1 root per division. Sometimes the plants will naturally break apart into smaller sections and other times it needs more help. To divide the clump you can use the shovel, a garden trowel, a serrated knife or just your hands. If you are dividing bearded iris The Spruce recommends cutting the fans back to 6" to prevent water loss while the plant re-establishes itself.
3. Dig new holes
To provide for ample root growth, make sure to dig holes for the divided plants that are twice the width and depth of the root mass. Also, make sure to give ample space between the planting holes to account for the size of mature plants in a couple of years.
4. Amend the soil
According to UGA Extension, add a slow release or liquid fertilizer to the planting hole to help promote root growth; a balanced, general purpose fertilizer (such as a 10-10-10) can damage tender roots. Bone meal is an excellent source of slow-release potassium which encourages root growth, and works perfectly in this situation.
5. Plant the divisions
If possible, get divisions back into the ground immediately after digging them up and dividing them. This will help lessen the transplant shock and reduce the risk of the plant drying out too much and dying. Plant the smaller plants at the same depth of the original plant, making sure to tamp the soil around it firmly without packing it down.
6. Water well
After plant, give each new division a good soaking of water. While the root systems re-establish make sure to water frequently.
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