Why Divide Perennials?
Gardeners love perennials because they grow so easily. These offer beauty at an inexpensive price. However, they multiply quickly and can grow out of control, clumping and may even taking over other planted areas. To prevent this from happening, there comes a time when you must divide perennials in your garden. If you don’t divide these, they will eventually look ill kept. Even so, there are also other reasons why you want to eventually separate them.
Perennials grow very quickly and they usually begin to clump together. When these aren’t divided every three to four years, then spots of these clumps often die out, leaving gaping holes.
Protect from Fungal Disease
Large clumps of perennial roots are susceptible to insect infestations and fungal infections.
When you don’t divide perennials and they multiply, these become overcrowded and have fewer or smaller flowers than those that are well spaced.
If you replant in different areas, then you control the plants, which is especially important when the plants are aggressive and tend to overwhelm neighboring plants.
Besides, when you divide the perennials you create more plants of the same variety. This offers an inexpensive way of adding new plants to other areas of the garden.
When to Dig Up and Separate
Many gardeners ask themselves when to dig up and separate perennials. Actually, these are very hardy plans so you can dig them up to replant in different areas any time from Spring to Fall, however, there are two seasons that are best for doing this; spring and fall. These seasons are cooler than the summer, so the weather and soil conditions are less stressful to the plant. Just be sure to divide them when the plants are large enough.
Perennials are beautiful and very easy to grow. However, they do take some maintenance and you do need to dig them up and separate them every couple of years. This is an easy process, but one you should do in the cooler months of spring or fall. Remember, separating allows you to plant small clumps of plants in different areas of the garden.