Roses are beautiful plants and spectacular additions to your landscape. At All Turf Lawn Care, we recommend two ways to fill your landscape with beautiful roses:
- buying container-grown roses
- growing bare-root roses from scratch.
To recognize June as National Rose Month, we have listed a few lawn care tips to keep your landscape roses in top shape.
If you settle for bare-root roses, be sure to plant them in an area they can get full exposure to 5 or 6 hours of sun. Lack of adequate sunlight is the number 1 reason for weak plants. It is also advisable to keep bare-root roses in water until you place them into the ground.
You should also ensure there is adequate space between rose plants to eliminate unnecessary competition for moisture and soil nutrients. Remember that moving and pruning should never be done in the middle of summer. Rose bushes will most likely suffer and die from the heat.
You will need to exercise due diligence when it comes to watering landscape roses. It’s a good idea to soak the root area of the plant on a bi-weekly basis during the dry summer months. Water should reach deeper roots. Shallow sprinkling encourages the growth of fungus and should therefore be avoided.
It’s also important to make sure the soil has adequate drainage. Roses will wither off and die if left to sit in wet soil for extended periods of the winter.
Roses need to be properly mulched with grass clippings and/or shredded leaves, too. This will keep your plants from drying out.
For best results, roses should be fertilized regularly during the blooming season from April to July. It’s advisable to sprinkle fertilizer on the drip line of the plant, as opposed to the stem.
Last but not least, prune your plants on a regular basis to eliminate dead limbs. For more tips on caring for landscape roses, contact us, or visit our Facebook page for additional ideas and information.