Late November marks the end of autumn and soon the winter season will bring snow and ice. This is the time to get the iris gardens ready for winter. Care for your irises by removing the leaves, sticks, and acorns. Then do a hand pull to remove any remaining weeds. Protect the iris rhizome with a light organic mulch; pine needles, grass clippings or fresh wood from chipper.
Why do your remove leaves from iris bed? Leaves attract borers and rodents and these garden pests will eat the iris rhizome. So it is best to remove all leaf matter from the iris gardens.
What is the best way to remove leaves from iris garden? Removing leaves from an iris bed is a little tricky because a conventional rake will uproot the plant. The was best way remove the leaves is to blow them out of the garden. Set the blower on low and slowly move the leaves out away from your plants. Slow and gentle movement will not harm the rhizome or disturb the roots. If there are remaining leaves then go over the iris garden lightly with a metal tines rack. By raking over the iris bed you will be able to remove the leftover leaves, sticks and acorns. There will always be leaves leftover, that are buried in the foliage. Remove the remaining leaves by hand.
Spot check for weeds in the garden before you apply the organic mulch.
|Irises grown and photographed by sgolis|
Remove the organic mulch from your iris garden in early spring. Do this to prevent borers and other rhizome eating pests .
View this video to learn more about caring for irises.