Irises forum: Someone (!) mowed my SIBS !

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caitlinsgarden
Jul 14, 2014 6:25 AM CST
By mistake, my husband moved way into my siberian iris bed. Will this kill them? Should I take it as an opportunity to divide and transplant them?
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PollyK
Jul 14, 2014 6:57 AM CST
No, it won't kill them. Go ahead and divide, into larger pieces. My hubby's done this a few times.
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Muddymitts
Jul 14, 2014 7:56 AM CST
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Linneaj
Jul 14, 2014 8:14 AM CST
I have mown my Siberians on a regular basis, just for the compost to put on a walkway or such. I am big on biodegradable mulch and composting, so if something is done for the season, I am likely to run the mower over it. I have mown my violets, walking onions, mint and daylilies too. Mint and onion mulch is lovely!
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caitlinsgarden
Jul 14, 2014 9:55 AM CST
Whew! That's a relief!
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Henhouse
Jul 14, 2014 10:42 AM CST
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DaveinPA
Jul 14, 2014 10:54 AM CST
If mowed too soon there might be fewer blooms the following season, at least with TB's based on a nearby house who mows immediately following blooms.
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Muddymitts
Jul 14, 2014 7:27 PM CST
Yah -- they really need their leaves, as long as possible. But!! Mowing won't kill 'em.
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Lestv
Jul 15, 2014 9:05 AM CST
I agree with Mary Ann and Dave. While you won't kill your SIB's by mowing them, if you really want better growth and bloom you should avoid cutting the leaves down until fall.
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