Early November is a busy time for garden chores in the Dallas, Texas area. The summer heat is over, the early rains have come and gone, and the soil is just damp enough to be able to dig easily without ‘mudding’ everything up. Soon the colder weather and shorter days will limit our ability to be outside and the rain will again make the soil largely unworkable. So, early November is our window of opportunity!
Divide Your Perennials in Early November
This time in early November is an excellent time to “divide” your Spring-flowering perennials. This means, of course, digging up your perennials, dividing the roots, and replanting the newer parts with a handful of bone meal-and as much compost as the hole will hold-in the bottom of the replanting hole. When dividing the roots, it is sometimes helpful to have a bucket of water at hand to rinse the soil off the freshly-dug roots to see a good spot to cut the roots. Cutting is preferred to just breaking the old from the new roots when dividing perennials, for the sake of precision.
Divide Your Perennials While They Still Look Good
If you are thinking your perennials don’t look like they need you to divide them this year, think again. You don’t want to wait until they are ragged looking and it’s a complete necessity to divide them. As you divide, pick the best parts to re-plant first where you originally had them and then either planting the left-overs in likely spots. Or, you could pot them and give them for holiday gifts to gardening friends.
Divide Your Best Perennials
Your best perennials should be the first candidates for dividing. Why? Because these are the ones you want more of, of course! This best perennials would include these perennials that are best for Texas in general and for the Dallas, TX area in particular: Coreopsis, Bearded Iris, Bouncing Bet, Daylily, Cannas, Indian Blanket, Louisiana Iris, Sweet Violet.
There are, of course, others that are good for this area and you have your own favorites. So, get busy, get digging and get your early November garden chores done!