Step 4: Tease and plant

roots of a perennial being teased from the bottom and sides of the root clump to divide it for replanting
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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Gently tease the roots out of the bottom and sides of each new clump with your fingers. Now dig the holes; they should be 1 to 2 inches shallower and 6 to 9 inches wider than the teased root ball. Plant each root ball, and backfill with soil mixed with a root-promoting fertilizer, watering as you go. Water every two or three days for the next couple of weeks to get them established.
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