How to Prepare Your Rose Garden for the Colder Months Ahead

Posted by on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 9:01pm.

If you want to have a lovely and blooming rose garden next year, here is some advice you can use this fall to help make it happen. There are some do's and don'ts that you'll want to follow that will make your garden the best it's ever been in 2014.

Don't prune your rose bushes!

This is the first thing that you need to know in order to achieve the perfect garden next year. Pruning rose bushes in the fall can potentially kill them! Their roots use food that is stored in the branches to keep them healthy over the cold winter months. Without the extra nutrition, the odds are good that your rose bushes simply won't bloom next year.

When you’re pruning roses in the fall it can leave open wounds allowing the winter winds to pull up some of the moisture out of the canes. This can cause damage to the canes and they can end up dying as a result.

As well, if you prune your roses in the fall, this tells the roses that it's growing time. The roses start to grow and then when the temperature drops they die. You're much better off doing your pruning in the spring.

Cover your rose bushes with burlap bags

Your rose bushes are going to need protection from the elements during the winter and burlap bags work well to keep them toasty warm. For extra protection you can fill the bags with straw. These bags not only protect against damage that can occur during winter but also keep the light from reaching the rose bushes so that they remain dormant.

Make sure that grafted roses are planted deep enough

If you have grafted roses take a good look at the graph point on them to make sure that they are completely covered with soil. If not, the cycle of thawing and freezing can kill your plant. This graft point needs to be well-protected with sufficient soil by the time the weather cools down.

Good luck with your roses and here's hoping that you end up with flowering masterpieces next year!

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