Growing Roses

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  • Mulching keepsrepparttar water in andrepparttar 113344 weeds away. Mulching is a very good idea when growing roses. Mulch inrepparttar 113345 early spring when you removerepparttar 113346 protective coverings from winter. If you live in a warmer climate spreadrepparttar 113347 mulch just beforerepparttar 113348 roses start to leaf out.

  • Learnrepparttar 113349 kinds of nutrients your roses need and follow a specific fertilizing program. When growing roses it is important to testrepparttar 113350 pH of your soil. Ifrepparttar 113351 pH is rightrepparttar 113352 roots can interact withrepparttar 113353 enzymes and bacteria inrepparttar 113354 soil and do well withrepparttar 113355 natural nutrients andrepparttar 113356 ones you add. The pH can be between 5.6 and 7.2 however 6 to 6.5 is best. By testingrepparttar 113357 soil you will know which nutrients to add.

  • Learn how to prune your roses. Pruning keepsrepparttar 113358 roses healthy and looking good.

  • Prevent pest and disease problems before they happen. Learn how to control pests and choose safe pest control products.
  • Growing roses is a delightful hobby and not nearly as complicated as you might have heard.

    Ken Austin

    Rose Gardening Challenges

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    Monitorrepparttar pH levels inrepparttar 113343 soil as roses generally prosper at a pH of about 6.5.

    Fertilize inrepparttar 113344 spring when roses begin to leaf out and continue regularly until just beforerepparttar 113345 arrival of winter frosts.

    Remove dead flower heads occasionally to instigate new bloom growth.

    Prune your roses at least once per year. With new plants, prune afterrepparttar 113346 first blooming period is over. For older plants, pruning afterrepparttar 113347 winter will help to begin rejuvenation and new growth. In colder climates you may also want to prune just afterrepparttar 113348 first frosts to prevent harsh winter damage.

    And always remember, roses love lots of water and proper drainage.

    Ken Austin
    Roses and Rose Gardening

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