Saturday, June 29, 2013
Tips to Raise a Rose Garden the Right Way
I'd like to welcome Anna Hicks who has written a post especially for DIYbyDesign. Enjoy!
Growing roses doesn’t have to be mysterious or even challenging. By using the right methods/techniques, you can have a bed of roses in your beautifully growing in your garden, In the following article we discuss how planting your rose plants in the optimal conditions and taking care of them effectively can be a easy and rewarding experience for homeowners.
Planting Your Rose Garden
1) The first and the obvious step is to select a good location for your rose garden. This area should not only be away from nutrient-snatching shrubs and bushes, but should also receive at the minimum six hours of direct sunlight daily. Also, since standing water tends to stunt rose growth, pour some water in your chosen area to see if the water drains quickly and properly.
2) Make sure you prepare on planting your rose garden, since the temperatures would have warmed up by then and there wouldn’t be any risk of overnight freezing. It’s also a time when soil doesn’t hold any standing water.
3) Don’t forget to top the soil in your chosen planting area with at least 2-4 inches of compost. Also add 2-3 lbs. of superphosphate to the soil, mixing it along with the compost.
4) When digging holes, make sure the depth of the “root bundle” is around 10 to 20 inches apart. Place each of your rose plants into a hole while covering them with soil. Next, water the roses in a thorough manner so that the root bundle is incorporated into your planting bed.
Maintaining Your Garden
5) Use a watering can to water the soil around the roses at least 10-12 inches deep every time. In case you don’t get regular rain in the first season then you may have to use an irrigation hose in the bed. Avoid using a sprinkler to water the roses.
6) Test your soil from time to time using one of those pH testing strips. It’s a good idea to shoot for pH between 5.0 and 7.0. If pH happens to be too high or too low, then adding 1lb. of sulfur for every hundred square feet.
7) Prune your rose plants by cutting away the diseased/dead branches, keeping it at 45 degree angle to the main rose bush. In order to maintain the desired size and shape, and to ensure your garden looks unique, trim the rose bushes when needed.
8) Protect your young rose plants from termites as these pests tend to feed on their roots. Since these insects usually thrive in “dry soil”, make sure you keep the soil moist at all times. Whenever you see a termite mound in your garden, have a professional destroy it. For more information on identifying termites and termite infestation check out http://www.termitecontrol.net.
9) Finally, keep your rose plants protected through the winter. This can be done by mounding up mulch around the base of each rose plant. When it’s wintertime, have a protective plant cylinder placed over your plants. Once winter is over you can get rid of the mound of mulch from the around the base.
By following these tips, you too can have a beautiful rose garden in your yard. Send photos of your garden in the comments below!