Every few years some of my perennials start to get a little too big for their britches 🙂 & need to be divided. So today, I am sharing my favorite tool to divide hosta & other perennial plants. Dividing plants can be a fantastic way to grow your garden completely for free!!!
My Favorite Tool for Dividing Hostas & Perennials
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Dividing plants can be especially easy to do in the spring when they are at their smallest but when you can’t remember what variety of hosta you have planted where (like me) , it might be best to wait until they leaf out.
This past spring & summer I have been busy at work shrinking my flower beds. They are beautiful but I spend way TOO MUCH time weeding!
To help keep my time weeding to a minimum, I have been digging out & diving my perennials & hostas & adding them in beds where only weeds had been growing before.
To divide my hostas & perennials, I first dig out the ones I plan on relocating with a regular shovel.
Once the hosta or perennials are out, I take my straight garden edger I place it straight in the center of the plant. (BTW, this tool works great edging your garden beds as well)
Our edger has definitely seen better days but we have had it for 17 years now & it still works great! It came free with our first fixer upper (read about that HERE) hidden under a bunch of ivy in the overgrown backyard.
Here is a similar one on Amazon,Fiskars 38.5 Inch Long-handle Steel Edger
Depending on the size of the plant you are dividing, you may get 3 or 4 plants out of just 1 big hosta!
I have used this tool to divide hostas, liriope, iris, ferns, sedum, daylilies & more.
I couldn’t wait to show you how beautiful the sweet autumn clematis looks blooming & is smells SO good when we pass under it to head into the yard.
Hope this helps any of you who are planning to divide your perennials soon! Happy gardening,