There is an easier way

Mike Bush from the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in North Carolina, U.S.A. wrote the other day, obviously sympathetic with my energetic battle to divide that beast of a Siberian Iris. He gave me some great advice:

…one of my pet gardening tips is that shovels are
cutting tools, too – and must be regularly sharpened to be useful. Simply
placing in a vice and working with a file on the ‘upper’ side of
the shovel blade, will make your digging and dividing all the easier. If your
soils are sandy, the digging tools (small shovels & trowels, too!) will
sharpening more often.

Check out more of Mike’s very helpful tips at the beautiful DSBG Website.