Before you clear out your garden, see if there’s anything worth recycling. Charlie Albone shares his tips
If you’ve got an overgrown garden, the first thing to do is clear it out. But before you get rid of everything, have a look around and see if there’s anything worth recycling.
Recycling plants into other areas of the garden can save you a fortune. But you need to know what you’re looking for.
If your knowledge is limited it’s worth paying an expert to identify plants worth saving and plants that can easily be moved, before you throw everything into the skip.
Dividing your plants is a great way to increase your plant stock and it prevents overcrowding. The best time to do this is in early spring or just after flowering.
This is when your plants are dormant and not in bloom, so once they’re split they can put all their energy into growing new roots.
Some of the easiest plants to divide are epiphytes, such as Bromeliads, or those with fleshy root systems.
Plants with a thick underground stem, such as Agapanthus are also very easy to divide.
So I just take off these few ones on the outside and plant it nice and deep…
Just make sure you have a stem, or Rhizome, some leaf shoots and roots in order for the plant to survive.
Ideally perennials should be lifted and divided every 3 – 5 years to encourage healthy growth. And in no time your flowerbeds will be full, without having to empty your wallet.
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