If you live in a state where winters are cold and snow covered, now’s the time to prepare those beautiful rose bushes for a long winters nap so they can be just as lovely next growing season.
Follow these tips so you get gorgeous roses again and again:
Use this checklist after your rose bushes have gone dormant for winter:
– Clear all debris and old mulch away from your rose bushes. Mix 2 – 3 tablespoons of super phosphate into the soil around the base of your bushes. The phosphate moves slowly through the soil and helps keep the roots strong throughout winter.
– Mound all of your rose bushes. The best and easiest way to do this is by using a rose collar around the base. Fill the collar 2/3 full with garden soil and water lightly to settle the soil. Add a little more soil if it settles too much. Top it off with mulch. Water lightly again to settle the mulch.
– Prune any hybrid tea and grandiflora rose bushes down to half their current height. Lower growing, and bushy florabunda rose bushes, shrub and miniature rose bushes need a little thin pruning. This helps prevent cane damage such as break off clear down to the base of the bush or smashing down due to strong winds or heavy snow fall.
– Once the leaves have dried out a bit, you can strip those off, as desired.
– Mound up around climbing and shrub rose bushes as well. Use collars if desired, and use the above directions for filling. Wrap the canes of climbing rose bushes with a light fabric to protect them from harsh, cold winds. If your climbing rose bushes are connected to a trellis or privacy type fence, you may not need the fabric.
– Garden soils can be mixed with play sand to create mounded soil due to it’s better drainage capabilities. This helps keep moisture flowing through the mounds so that it gets down into the root zones rather than holding it on top where it can cause mold and other fungus problems.
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