Care For Your Rose Garden In The Spring – Spring is coming and the soil in our garden is warming up, so the roots of our favorite plants are waking up from a long sleep. It’s time to don the gardening gloves, grab the secateurs, and make sure we give our roses the best possible chance for healthy growth and a long-lasting bloom of flowers in the summer and fall months ahead.
While rose growers living in warmer climates generally prune over winter; for those people living in a cold climate, April is ideal the time to prune. Wait until the leaf buds begin to swell. For cold climate dwellers, this is also the time to clean up around the base of the bush, removing any old leaves or mulch that was used to protect the bush over winter.
Organic Rose Gardening – Have you heard of organic rose gardening? Just to give you a heads up, organic gardening basically means that no chemicals that may be harmful to living organisms and the environment will be used in cultivating your plants. Making a decision in choosing the right variety of rose plants based on your region and climate, and selecting the perfect soil are the most basic and important steps once you decide to have your own organic rose garden.
Exerting some extra time and effort at the start of this project will help you grow healthier roses. This is because the most tedious steps are at the beginning stages.
Shrub roses are an easy, colorful choice to use anywhere you would plant a shrub. Unlike many roses, shrub roses are perfect for planting anywhere. They’re ‘plant-friendly’ and are good neighbors in any collection of flowers. Shrub roses are also very winter-hardy, and they are highly disease-resistant.
These round, easily-maintained bushes are not small, either. Many older shrub roses can grow up to 6 feet in height. If desired, shrub roses can be trained to grow like tall hedges. Shrub roses are great as a screen or hedge plant for privacy, as a border, or a background. Although the flowers from shrub roses have little fragrance, they come in a wide assortment of vivid colors. Vibrant pinks, reds, whites, and yellows are all common for a shrub rose’s abundant flowers.
When spring arrives, and the ground is thawed, it is time to start planting your rose garden. Roses date back to biblical times and have been a considered a cherished aphrodisiac then and still are today. Roses hold particular mystery and fascination, not to mention the fact that they just look and smell good!
Roses require 4 to 6 hours of sunlight everyday. It is preferable not to plant too many trees or other plants around the rose bush because most of these are likely to either mix with the rose or stifle its growth. If you are replacing an old rose bush, approximately 1 1/2 cubic feet of old soil should be removed and fresh soil added to replace it.
Rose bushes that are not pruned can grow into large tangled messes with small and inferior blooms. The following should allow you to grow an attractive well shaped and sized bush with large lovely blooms. Pruning at the right time can be just as important as how you prune. Bushes should not be pruned untill they begin comming out of dormancy. This can be as early as January in warm weather areas to as late as April in very cold areas. In colder areas do not prune untill all danger of frost is past.
Using the proper tools is also very important. You need a good set of pruning shears, the type that have one side for cutting and one side for supporting. The shears must be sharp, otherwise they can tear your canes instead of cutting them.
This article will help you identify and treat the most common ailments that might befall your roses. They fall into two categories: insect pests and microbial diseases.
Some insects are beneficial to your roses, but many like to chow down on the leaves and buds. In most circumstances, it’s best to treat the plants with insecticides only when you see the pests or their effects; otherwise, you can weaken the plant by killing the good insects as well as the bad. The following section discusses how to identify and treat infestations of common rose-attacking insects.