[gardeners] Re: Iris Maintenance / Weeds

Martha Brown (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sat, 2 Oct 1999 21:45:05 -0500

I cut mine back after they have yellowed also.  Once they have yellowed or
withered they aren't of use to the plant.  When the tips die back I just
trim to the healthy looking green area.

As for weeds----
I don't like to use chemicals so have been wondering about the pre-emergence
that is made from corn.  Has anyone tried it?  If so does it work?

M Brown
NW Oklahoma, USA
USDA Zone 6b,  Sunset Zone 35

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Baranowski-Smith <llbs@glasscity.net>
To: gardeners@globalgarden.com <gardeners@globalgarden.com>
Date: Saturday, October 02, 1999 8:57 PM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] Iris Maintenance

>>According to "The Gardener's Iris Book",  published by the Taunton Press
>>1998, by William Shear ...<snip>
>Thank-you, Martha, for setting this straight.  The book is wonderful and I
>should have been quicker to look it up than to just say what we do!  My
>apologies to Pauline and Gary if I was misleading, in any way, about
>cutting them back.  Sorry.
>We do cut ours back after the leaves have yellowed but then our local
>climate may be a factor.  Our bearded iris never fail to be huge (about 4'
>tall) and with emormous spring blooms.  Just wish we knew a good way to
>keep the weeds at bay!
>Linda in NW Ohio near Toledo/Lake Erie, USDA Zone 5