How to Divide Daylilies

Stella D Ora Daylilies

Daylilies are one of the easiest perennials to grow and to divide. Fall is the best time to divide your lilies since they are finished blooming for the season. With very little effort; these beautiful flowers can be transplanted to new areas in your yard.

Their botanical name hemerocallis means “beauty for a day” because each daylily bloom only lasts for one day. Even if you do not have a green thumb you will be successful since daylilies can handle neglect, drought and other abusive conditions in the landscape.

They are truly a beautiful plant to have in your yard and are very easy to maintain and divide if you follow these simple steps.

Common Orange “Ditch” Lilies

Cut Back the Leaves

Cut back the leaves of the daylily plant so you can easily see the root base and also when you transplant it; more energy will go to the root system instead of it trying to keep the leaf alive. Simply take a pair of scissors and cut back the leaves to the third of its current size.

After cutting back the leaves; the clump is ready to be dug up.

Dig the Clump Up

Daylilies multiply by growing new individual fans next to an existing fan. As the clump grows; one is able to divide it to help that clump to thrive or to spread the color throughout your yard. This is done simply by digging up a clump with a shovel or fork. Dig wider than the exposed plant being careful to minimize the root damage.

Divide the Clump

Flip the clump over on a tarp and you can plant this clump as a whole or divide it with a shovel or sharp knife or dip the clump in a bucket of water so the topsoil separates from the roots making it easier to separate each individual fan. A healthy fan division will have the roots attached to it.

Use a shovel or sharp knife to divide your clump

Replant the Divided Clump

Morning sun is preferred but you new location needs 6-8 hours of sun. Most soils will work fine for your daylily, but they do prefer a slightly acidic soil that moist and well-drained. Depending what look you want would be how you will plant your new starts. If you are transplanting larger clumps; probably install them 24” apart. If you are planting several for a mass planting; install them 6”-12” apart. Either way, install the clump or fan so the crown of the leaf (where it comes out of the ground) is ½” to 1” below the level of the soil.

Use water to help separate each individual fan if you want more starts

Sit Back and Enjoy

Newly divided daylilies may not bloom the following season since their root system isn’t fully established or because of the stress of the transplant. Once your daylilies are reestablished; they will return to their full blooming potential and give you many years of lovely summer color. Once transplanted; you can now sit back and enjoy their beauty.

By Brian Hill

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It’s Time to Divide Your Iris Plants

Iris plants are a wonderful addition to any landscape because they are very hardy, easy to grow and will provide you with many years of beautiful spring color. Though a low maintenance plant, your iris plant will need some care occasionally. Part of its care is to divide the iris plants if they crowd other plants, if you see a decrease in blooms, if the plant becomes over crowded causing the rhizomes (tube-like roots) to start to heave from the ground, or if you want to add a start of your iris in a different location in your landscape. The best time to divide your iris is in late July or early August.

Iris’ are a nice addition to a landscape for early spring color

Dividing the Plants

To divide your iris plants, you can use a shovel or fork. Thin out your mass of plants by taking it out in one clump if possible. If needed, you can break or dig out the rhizomes in smaller clumps. Brush the dirt off without removing the little roots.

Break the clump down into pieces that are 3”-4” long, leaving a fan of leaves attached to the rhizome. Discard any soft rhizomes or rhizomes without any fans of leaves on it. Once the healthy plants are revealed and divided; use a pair of scissors (not your wife’s fabric scissors) to trim back the leaves about 6”-9” long (just don’t take over 2/3 of the leave off and don’t use your wife’s fabric scissors).

Trimmed 2/3 of the leaf back to prepare for transplanting

Transplanting the Plants

The iris plants are now ready to transplant to another location in your yard or pass them on to friends and family who will cherish them. Make sure the new location will receive adequate amounts of sun and the soil is well-drained. Do not bury the rhizome completely but leave the top of the rhizome showing at ground level and water two to three times a week until you see new growth.

After thinning and transplanting; the row will now have double the flash of spring color

Now sit back and enjoy the many years of beauty that you will receive from your iris plants.

 

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Bagworms in the Landscape

Bagworms emerging

Bagworms are native to North America and can be found feeding on many landscape bushes, evergreens and trees in Kansas City, but seem most fond of arborvitaes, junipers and spruces. The visible sign that you have an infestation of this pest is the presence of light brown cocoon like bags that are covered with what seems to be juniper needles (3/4”-2” long). These cocoons dangle from the branches like an ornament on a Christmas tree would.

Bagworms damaged this Juniper

From late May through June; the bagworms in their caterpillar stage, will poke their heads out of their bags and begin consuming their host plant. Evergreens will quickly turn brown and their foliage will disappear as the bagworm devours it. Left to themselves, if there is a large number of bagworms on a bush; they can devastate a bush within days, but they will not stop there; they will move on to another bush to do the same.

The best control of this pest is to manually hand pick the bags off your bush and either crush them or place them in soapy water to drown them. On larger plants and landscapes with multiple evergreens; an application of an insecticide will be necessary. Products like Orthene, Sevin or Bioneem can be used to help control the bagworms (Read and follow the label carefully).

The best offense against these destructive pests is to be proactive in your landscape in the spring and early summer, looking for their presence. Once you see them; start manually removing them or spray as necessary so your landscape does not suffer damage.

By Brian Hill

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Kansas City’s Lawns are Turning Brown

With the lack of rain along with the hot winds and extreme daytime temperatures; Kansas City lawns have struggled to say the least. Those that have been watering their lawns have found the need to increase the water intake. Even with the extra water some lawns are still stressed and are not as green and vibrant as they usually are.

Those without the ability to water consistently either because of not having a sprinkler system or the time to hand water or maybe even the budget to do so are seeing their lawns to start to turn brown.

When a lawn turns brown; it is natures way to save the root system. The lawn isn’t necessarily dying, but rather going dormant to protect the plants stem (stolon) and the root system.

If you decide to forgo watering the lawn multiple times a week and allow the lawn to go dormant (or if it has already gone dormant); you should go ahead and apply 1”-2” of water once every two weeks to make sure the stolon and root system doesn’t burn up. Lawns normally can survive a drought for a few weeks on its own, but it is getting past that period where the lawns will need some moisture to survive. Also, try to minimize the foot traffic on the lawn and if you do mow; never cut more than a third of the grass blade off and don’t cut the lawn shorter than 2 ½”-3”.

If you decide to keep pumping the water to your lawn to keep it green; slow and deep waterings in the morning hours are the best. If your lawn has blue grass in it; an additional short afternoon watering might also be needed to cool the lawn down.

So, if your lawn is turning brown; do not stress. Chances are you can minimize the summer heat damage on your lawn with little work and water, but if this heat continues, don’t worry; fall is coming. In the fall is the best time to get a thicker greener lawn by renovating and overseeding your lawn.

Everyone loves a thick green lawn

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Beetle Mania

Japanese beetles

No, I am not going to talk about the famous band from Liverpool but instead, about the iridescent copper and green beetles that are originally from Japan.

The Japanese Beetle was unfortunately introduced to the United States in the early 1900’s as the larvae entered in the dirt of some nursery stock. For years, they have been a huge problem since there is no natural predator for them here in the United States.

Japanese beetle damage

It seems the last couple years these hungry trouble makers have been more abundant throughout the Kansas City area damaging trees and bushes. In June, their adult life cycle begins as they emerge from the ground. For about 4-6 weeks they will wreak havoc destroying leaves by eating them and leaving only the veins. They are usually systematic as they start at the top of the tree and descend down. There are many trees and bushes at risk that satisfies their appetite, but some of their favorite choices include ornamental crab apples, fruit trees, roses, beans, viburnums and crape myrtles.

Japanese Beetles will eat most of the leaf, leaving only the veins.

These beetles are approximately one-half inch long with a copper to green color that seems to change when observing from different angles. These little guys have a huge appetite above ground, but their eggs are soon to be planted in the ground to bring their second round of damage as their larva grows and begins chewing on the root system of your grass and causing the grass to die.

Adult Japanese Beetles

Grubs

Control of these damaging pests needs to be done to save your grass, garden and bushes. Hand picking can be done, but this can be a full-time job monitoring your plants. They are quick and will do a tuck and roll and fall off the leaf as you try to grab them. After catching them; you could smash them or place them in soapy water (if you are into that type of thing).

An insecticide such has Sevin does very well to control these beetles and is an all-around good product to have for any gardener. Another option that is organic is a Neem Oil Extract by Garden Safe which has the insecticide, fungicide and miticide, all in one.

You can do a grub treatment when you see activity, but May is the best month to apply it to your lawn since they will start feeding on your lawn in July. Use a product such as Merit Insecticide Granules to control the Japanese beetle’s larvae (i.e. grub). This is the easiest way to get control of Japanese Beetles in your area.

If you were unable to do a grub control application and find grub damage in the fall, an application of a product such as Dylox 6.2 Granular Insecticide can be applied to kill the active grubs. The health of your lawn is dependent upon keeping these grubs under control. Plus, minimizing the grubs in your lawn minimizes the winter damage that voles and moles cause as they dig looking for grubs to eat.

Keeping your lawn and landscape looking beautiful can be a challenging job for many. If you find that you need help in this area; be sure to hire a local, licensed and insured company that is knowledgeable in all areas of property maintenance.

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DHE’s Commercial Lawn Division has been helping owners, managers and tenants of health care facilities, retail, restaurants, banks, churches, office spaces and HOA’s manage and maintain their commercial property here in Kansas City.

DHE provides a full-service DRAMA FREE PACKAGE for your lawn, landscape and snow maintenance. This frees you up on launching, managing or growing your business.

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By Brian Hill

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