Now is the time to start preparing your flowerbeds for next spring. Planting spring flowering bulbs and cleaning out flower beds are a few of those chores.

Iris are known for a couple of common problems: a fungus disease known as iris leaf spot and an insect known as iris borer. Though both cause problems in the spring, now is the time to start control measures.

Both the fungus and eggs of the borer overwinter on old, dead leaves. Removal of dead leaves and cutting back healthy leaves by ½ this fall will help to reduce populations of these pests. Also remove other garden debris from the iris bed. This can significantly cut down on problems next spring. Removing other garden debris from the iris bed an also be helpful.

For more information on iris care, contact the Ford County Extension Office.