My Favorite Peach Rose

I only have a few more roses left to bloom before Fall takes everything so I wanted to share these. I just LOVE the peach one and it smells really good too!


Tips for Pruning Roses for Winter

This time of year is kind of a sad time for me as I start pruning roses for winter. I’ve taken care of them all summer, and now it’s time to cut them back. I don’t do major trimming in the Fall, but as I cut off what I assume are the last flowers of the year, I make sure to cut them down far enough for a nice pruning, while still leaving enough leaves on to feed the roots. And I also make sure to cut off any dead limbs at this time because I can be sure that they are no longer going to flourish.

I’ve been pruning roses for winter this way for several years and it’s never gone wrong for me. Then, as the leaves start to fall off, I pick them out of the dirt so they don’t spread disease through the winter. I have a terrible time growing roses with black spot where they’re planted, so I’m very careful not to leave any leaves in the garden that can infect the other plants next year.

Also, this year I’ve marked the plants I want to move around. We say we’re going to do this every year, but never get around to it. Now next year when they all look the same, we’ll know which ones didn’t do so well where they were planted, and can actually identify them! Look at that, we’re actually getting organized as we continue growing roses.

I also get sad when pruning roses for winter because the rose garden is the one plot of land I get to take care of while Jeff is busy with the rest of the gardening. It gives me peace of mind, and is MUCH more satisfying than cleaning house!

Using Pesticides For Rose Disease Control

Rose Disease ControlAfter all the hard work, time and attention you put into you rose gardens, the last thing you want is to lose them due to rose diseases or fungus.

Unfortunately, proper planting, feeding, watering and sunlight are just not enough. To have healthy roses, you need to treat them properly to avoid getting rose diseases and infestations of mite and insects.

Rose disease control is an important part of maintaining beautiful and healthy roses. You will need to contend with black spot and powdery mildew on your roses almost every year.

Regular fungicide applications are needed to control both of these diseases. These treatments should also control Botrytis blight and other foliage diseases. You will probably also need to treat for mites and insects. Regular treatments of a pesticide are needed when mites and insects are present.
Here are a few important pointers to control rose disease:

Spray weekly with a fungicide to control powdery mildew and black spot. To rid your roses of insects, use a systemic rose care product. When spraying for insects and/or rose disease, be sure to coat the undersides of the leaves, since many if the diseases and insects that infest roses live there.

To ensure full coverage, spray until the solution drips off the leaves. Six hours of sun a day helps your roses stay healthy. Morning sun is best because it dries the dew off the leaves, helping to prevent fungus diseases.

Unfortunately, the sun does not help when it comes to mites and insects. When spraying your plants, thorough coverage is important in controlling rose pests. Apply pesticides only according to label directions and only when pests are present.

Remember to use caution when using pesticides. Do not inhale or spray on skin or in eyes. You best bet is to wear rubber gloves when applying any pesticide.

Proper pest identification is necessary to know which chemical or organic rose disease treatment  to apply as well as the proper application time. Specific pesticides are suggested for each pest. The pesticides are listed by the common chemical name found in the active ingredient area of the product label.

Look for the appropriate active ingredient on the label and verify that the product can be used on roses. Some pesticide products are ready to use, while others require preparation. Also, some pesticides are harder to find and may require more effort to locate. Always read and comply with the pesticide label to get proper and long lasting rose disease control. Get more Rose Disease care in the Rose Gardening Handbook.

Control Weeds in Your Rose Gardens

Weeds are simply undesirable plants growing in the places you don’t want them. Even though they are undesirable, they insist on growing in your garden anyway.

The best of gardeners go through this, too. The good news is there are methods for reducing the weed problem

Weed your roses frequently and compost them. Weeds and roses compete for moisture, food and light. A weedy border will have poor air circulation, increasing the chances that disease will take hold. Watering regularly is helpful when weeding your garden. This keeps the soil moist enough that when you pull the weeds out, the roots will come out too. You can pull the weeds by hand or yo can use tools.

Mulching is a good idea too because it helps keep maintenance to a minimum. By mulching, your roses require les watering and it helps keep the weeds from growing. Plastic placed under the mulch will provide weed control for several years. In most home gardens, mulches supplemented with regular hand weeding or rouging (digging out the entire plant, roots and all) should provide satisfactory weed control.

Mechanical cultivation devices such as hoes must be used with care because roses are shallow rooted.

Weed killers are another option for getting rid of those nasty weeds in your rose gardens. However, you have to be especially careful when using them so you dont get any on your rose bushes.

Certain weed killers will not only kill the unwanted weeds, but they can also harm or even kill your roses. When using a weed killer, you will have to spot treat the weeds. This ensures you are only treating the unwanted weeds and not your whole garden.

So, whether you are a beginner or an expert gardener, remember that one of the most important factors to having a great rose garden is keeping it weed free. Remember to research the type or roses you are growing or wish to grow. There is plenty of information and tools out there to help you get started and help you maintain a beautiful, lush rose garden.

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First Day of Fall – Rose Preparation

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That being said, here’s how to prepare your Roses for Winter:

No matter what type of climate you live in, there are always certain steps you should take to prepare your rose bushes for winter.

For those who live in the warmer climate zones this preparation will be minimal. But for those who live in the colder climate zones (like South Dakota, or even Seattle sometimes) more preparation will be needed.

In the warmest southern zone freezing isnt a major concern. You’ll want to check your plants for disease, taking care to treat for any problems that may have arisen. You may want to give a light fertilization in November to ensure blooms in time for the holidays in December.

After the blooms in December you’ll want to prune your bushes in preparation for next spring.

For those who live in temperate southern and coastal zones the freezes that occur are generally short-lived so major preparation is not necessary.

You do want to stop fertilizing and pruning or “dead-heading” in fall.

To prepare for freezes apply mulch after the second hard frost. This mulch should be mounded around the base of your plant to provide ample protection.

If you live in the colder central zones your winter preparation is a bit more extensive. If your roses are of a hardiness thats adapted to your climate zone you can simply follow the steps set out for the warmer climates.

However, if you have varieties that are not well adapted to colder climates you have three options: transplanting to containers for storage indoors, burying your plants or building a protective covering.

For anyone who lives in the Northernmost climate regions your best options are burying or transplanting your rose bushes as mentioned above. The winter temperatures are far too cold to rely on a protective covering for your plants.  The cold exposure may still be too much for them to survive.

Generally transplanting is the preferred method of winterization for the most extreme winter climates.

Although the winter preparation can be a bit daunting, and at times even overwhelming, by preparing in advance for winter you can ensure that you have beautiful, healthy rose bushes next spring.

Make a winter preparation plan during the summer/fall – Doing your research and gathering supplies ahead of time will make carrying out your winter preparations easier, and much less stressful.

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