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Aug 27, 2015 7:36 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
People who have been on our Iris Forums for awhile will recognize this picture and understand what it represents.

For the newbies -- my secondary Iris bed (Iris Lane being primary) is located alongside the fence surrounding my riding arena. It was my very first Iris bed when we moved here from Chicago in 1985. For quite a few years, I kept it cleared and in good order. Life events came into play and I lost control of the Bermuda Grass, which grew from the lawn nearby and engulfed the garden area.

Four years ago I decided to resurrect the area and began to dig up the fenceline bed, eight-foot sections -- one at a time. As I've done this, I've cleared the Bermuda Grass and other weeds, added soil to each section and planted Irises there. I expected to finish the project last year, but back problems limited the amount of work that I could do -- and I ended up with one section left, the worst section.

Here's a picture of the final section before I began to work on it. Sad
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And here's a picture of the thirteen 8-foot sections that have been cleared and restored. Smiling
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Progress pictures to follow.
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Aug 27, 2015 7:42 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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It's looking really nice, I see you have a nice long empty space between the lawn and the iris to keep the grass out. That should work nice with the help of Grass B Gon! I can't wait to see the pictures next spring in bloom Thumbs up .
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Aug 27, 2015 7:53 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Mary Ann, a lot of work goes into doing that. I can relate to life things going on and also the back problems as I have my share. But once all the grass is gone in the beds, hopefully it wont come back for a while. I would like to also see pictures when it blooms.
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Aug 27, 2015 8:01 AM CST
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Wow! That's wonderful. Good for you. You are to be congratulated. It makes my 2 small iris gardens look teeny-weeny compared to the large space and property you have. It's wonderful
that you have managed to do all that work. Hurray!
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Aug 27, 2015 8:28 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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A great deal of work & seems to be a great deal of success. congratulations..
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Aug 27, 2015 8:49 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
tveguy3 said:It's looking really nice, I see you have a nice long empty space between the lawn and the iris to keep the grass out. That should work nice with the help of Grass B Gon! I can't wait to see the pictures next spring in bloom Thumbs up .


LOL Tom -- I can't wait to see the rest of that damn Bermuda Grass out of there!!!!

Edited to add: I'm having a hard finding Grass B Gon at all! I may have to resort to ordering it online. Hate having to do that -- adds shipping to the expense. Also -- I can only find it in spray bottles -- is there not a concentrate available?
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Aug 27, 2015 8:56 AM CST
Name: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
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Wow, congratulations Mary Ann! That's really beautiful. Hurray!
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Aug 27, 2015 8:56 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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What a lot of work, Mary Ann. Congratulations! It looks wonderfull.
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Aug 27, 2015 9:11 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
creativeclover said:Mary Ann, a lot of work goes into doing that. I can relate to life things going on and also the back problems as I have my share. But once all the grass is gone in the beds, hopefully it wont come back for a while. I would like to also see pictures when it blooms.


No such luck, Richard -- the Bermuda is snaking its way into that area even as I sit here typing. I have to spray the perimeter once a week to keep it out! Angry

Here's a picture of the fenceline bed in bloom this past spring:
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This is the right-hand half of the bed. In the lower left-hand corner of the picture, you can see my white peonies, interspersed with Tom's NOID Red Iris. That takes up three full fence sections -- I'll try to find a picture of that. Last year and this year I planted little guys in front of those sections -- I can't wait to see it all in bloom!!
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Aug 27, 2015 9:11 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Denman55 said:Wow! That's wonderful. Good for you. You are to be congratulated. It makes my 2 small iris gardens look teeny-weeny compared to the large space and property you have. It's wonderful
that you have managed to do all that work. Hurray!


Thank you Patrick.
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Aug 27, 2015 9:13 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
irisarian said:A great deal of work & seems to be a great deal of success. congratulations..


Thank you Lucy -- it WAS a lot of work. This last section is just a bear. Blinking
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Aug 27, 2015 9:14 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thank you Missy and Jan! If I was facing it again -- I don't think I would even attempt it. But the allure of having room for more new Irises was irresistable!! Hilarious!
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Aug 27, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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Mary Ann, I can't wait for the Tom's noid red to bloom. Unfortunately it does creap back in e e. If we do t and it to but we can hope though.
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Aug 27, 2015 9:34 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
You will love that Iris, Richard!!

OK -- next picture -- I worked on that area for 45 minutes last night. Only made a dent. The Bermuda Grass is thick and deep. Underneath it all is gravel -- this area used to be a farm road back to the outbuildings -- so once I get past the Bermuda, I'm into gravel. I probably should wait for a nice rainstorm to soften things up, but I'm anxious to get this job done. Besides -- I need the space!! Whistling
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I cleared about a foot of space. This is the pile of Bermuda I pulled out of there -- and I probably didn't get it all!! Sigh.
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Oh well -- bit by bit, it WILL get done!!! Green Grin!

Edited to add: That pile of Bermuda Grass is at least a foot high. And in case you didn't see it -- there ARE Irises in there. Poor things..........
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Aug 27, 2015 9:48 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Yes, MaryAnn, it does come in concentrated form.....I've been using a different "brand name' (fertilome *over the top*) but the nursery I buy it at also has the GBG......and it's all very pricy !!But, it does save tons of work Sticking tongue out
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Aug 27, 2015 10:19 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Aug 27, 2015 10:25 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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Mary Ann, that is a super job! A lot of hard work but you must be really proud of the results. Your arena iris bed is now very beautiful! I am glad your back held up and yes, GBG would be my next purchase. LOL
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Aug 27, 2015 11:21 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Did you say the fence is in 8 foot sections? If so you can be done in 8 - 45 minute time segments. One down, and 7 to go. By next week at this time if you do it at that pace, you will be finished!
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Aug 27, 2015 2:38 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yes -- 8-foot sections. I'm actually farther along than that. The very end of that bed was pretty clear because I have been able to spray that with RU. I'm probably a third of the way done. It'll still probably take a week -- I can't dedicate time every day.......... Shrug!
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Aug 27, 2015 7:48 PM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Nice work Mary Ann! Looks nice even now! Gonna be gorgeous in the spring!

I use a concentrated form of GBG too. Like Arlyn said - it is expensive, but I can mix just the amount that I need and put it in a bigger sprayer. I have a 3 gallon one that works really well for the hill garden.

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