Tips for Rose Garden Maintenance
It is unfortunate that rose gardens have earned the wrong reputation of being difficult to maintain. The truth of the matter is that rose garden is easy to take care of even for a novice gardener. All you need is the knowledge of maintaining, protecting and pruning the garden and you can expect healthy, good looking roses for many years in the future.
Like any garden, a rose garden also requires regular cleaning. You must take care to remove all dead and fallen leaves as well as all unnecessary garden debris so that you are able to access the roots of the plants when you water the. Or else, you will land up watering the stems and leaves which in turn will attract fungal diseases as well as rust. Remember rose plants should be watered only at the roots and no where else on the plant body.
Like any living thing, rose plants also need food at the right time to look healthy through out the flowering season as well as during the dormant season. While there are many varieties of fertilizers available at any local garden store, be careful to read the instructions for use printed on every label which many vary according to the type of rose. The right amount of fertilizer is important for proper growth and maintenance of your rose plant. The thumb rule is to feel the plants during early spring when the buds are starting to swell. After the plant has produced a full bloom, it is feeding time again. For most climate zones, the plants have to be fed during late summer. A fourth feeding in early October may be needed if you live in a climate zone which has a long growing season.
Mulch is always a good friend for the rose garden. in summer it retains the moisture level and keeps it at a constant level. Thus, mulch must be added to your regular plant care schedule shortly before the first bloom appears. Similarly, during winter months, the root system of the plants stands to get damaged due to the frequent freezing and thawing cycle. Mulch can protect the root system from such damages if you reinforce the plant with several inches of soil and add mulch to this soil.
Careful pruning is the last tip for the successful maintenance of your rose garden. The recommended time is early spring when pruning should be done for a healthy and reproductive growth through out the flowering season. Get yourself a good and strong pair of shears for your pruning exercise. Take special care of the central part of your rose bush and prune this area specifically. This will ensure circulation of fresh air till much later in the season. All dead wood, weak growth and old canes must be removed at this point. The ideal height to which the plant has to be cut would depend largely on the type of rose plant and the specific recommendation. Rub alcohol on your pruning shears to prevent any spreading of mold or fungus to other parts of the plant or your garden.
Following these simple tips you can turn your rose garden into a dream garden which can add beauty and glamour to your landscape.