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Dividing Perennials

Perhaps you've noticed your perennials looking a bit raggedy, or that their flowers are smaller (if they're flowering at all), or even a hole appearing in the middle of a clump. If so, it's probably time to divide your perennials. Dig them up and break the plants into smaller clumps, being sure that each section has a good number of roots and leaves. Be sure these "new" plants get in the ground quickly. The best time to divide plants is after the blooming season or during milder times of the year. Dividing perennials increases their vigor, and will keep rapidly spreading plants from taking over.

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