Irises forum: When should I take leaves off my iris'

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Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
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Mar 13, 2014 7:33 PM CST
I have been struggling with iris borers the last few years. We have had a horrible winter this year here in iowa. Just was wondering when I should clean off the leaves in my flower beds. Thanks, Kim
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Mar 13, 2014 7:41 PM CST
I would do it as soon as the weather allows. I pull off the dry ones which will come and trim the brown off of the ones that are partly green.
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Mar 13, 2014 8:41 PM CST
Oh Kim -- bummer............... Sad
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Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
Birds Cat Lover
Mar 13, 2014 10:44 PM CST
I mean the tree leaves, I tried to keep them rid of the leaves. But I eventually gave up it seemed like I was fighting a losing battle. Kim
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Mar 14, 2014 5:14 AM CST
Now is the right time to get rid of tree leaves as well as trimming up your iris plants. The Iris borer moths lay their eggs on the "dead" foliage of the plant, but the would also end up on tree leaves that are on the ground. Clean up gives the plant better access to the Sun, gets rid of dead fans/leaves and potential disease causing foliage, removes excess moisture holding material, and makes the garden look good. Just do it!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Mar 14, 2014 6:37 AM CST
I agree, clear them if possible. Ours are still under snow. I hope the borer & other bugs are messed up by the cold weather.

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