Digging up/separating iris
So, while on dog-doody patrol, I noticed tons of iris rhizomes floating around on top near the irises. Ew, they almost looked like something I should throw away or like soggy cactus paddles!
But, I could figure out that they belonged to the irises that were here when we got here and that I've ignored for so long. I'm guessing that the area was so crowded that they popped out of the ground and then rotted away under the snow.
I don't know how to dig up and separate irises!! I'm sure there is nothing to it, but I think it best to ask first.
If I were to go out there and do this now, I'd probably take my weed popper (just the little flat and narrow metal stick with a handle) and pry a few up so as to allow room for the ones I leave in the ground.
Is that good enough? Do I have to dig them all up and then replace some in an organized way? Is this a good or bad time to do this? The foliage is only about two inches out of the ground so far.
I tried to look this up since I'm sure it has been posted before, but the search results here are kind of hard to wade through and I didn't see anything I was looking for.