A Grass Undivided Cannot Stand
Of all garden chores, I think that dividing plants may be my least favorite. Even so, there comes a time when it cannot be avoided any longer.
There are two enormous ‘Northwind’ Switchgrass in the Sidewalk Border. Switchgrass rarely needs dividing, but these two have been there for at least ten years.
‘Northwind’ is considered a particularly upright variety of an upright species. However, the last couple of years these particular specimens have become increasingly floppy. Also, it’s hard to tell but I think that they’re becoming a bit open at the center.
The thing is, I’m quite intimidated by the prospect of this operation. These two Switchgrass are probably 3′ across at the base. How the heck am I going to dig them out of the ground?
And once they’re out of the ground, will I need a crosscut saw? An ax? A chainsaw? Dynamite?
Would anyone care to offer any advice or encouragement?