"You can help cut down on the incidence of soft rot and borer damage through regular division of the iris rhizomes every two to three years. This will also keep bearded iris performing and blooming at its best. If left undivided, the flowering will decrease and the rhizome will be subject to more pests and damage.
"You can divide bearded iris anytime after flowering through August. Using a pitchfork, carefully dig around the bearded iris plant, starting about a foot away from the outermost edge. Try not to pierce the rhizome with the fork. Work the fork around the bearded iris plant and gently lift the rhizomes out of the soil. Since bearded iris are grown at soil level, this is one of the easiest plants to lift."
I recently put a note in this column stating that Lowe's accepts plastic flowerpots for recycling. I looked into this issue at the request of a reader.
I called the Lowe's locations in the Shops at Trace Fork and in Kanawha City. The managers assured me that they take the pots for recycling. I was very specific with each of them about the matter.
This week, I received another postcard from the reader who initially asked about recycling pots:
"I made a trip to Lowe's with my six-packs and plastic pots. Unfortunately was told they do not accept these items.
"Did you confirm the tip from your reader before printing it?"
Yes, I did.
I am sorry you were inconvenienced, but I asked managers at both stores, and that's the best I can do.
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.