From November through February my chipper pile grows steadily bigger. I begin cutting back perennial plants and shrubs as the fall blooming cycle ends; long, fairly straight stems go to the chipper pile, more twisted branches go to various brush piles along a low wooden fence. The leaves of Coast Live Oaks drop all year long, and many of them get raked off the pathways because layers of these leaves can be quite slippery. I drop buckets full of leaves onto the brush piles, where they drop down through the twiggy stuff to the ground and decompose over time.
Division of Plants
MORE PLANTS BY DIVISION
This is an excellent and fairly easy way to propagate many spreading perennials and grasses, once they have established ‘colonies’ within the garden. Plants that increase by tubers, corms, bulbs, rhizomes or runners can also be propagated by division.