Here are my basic early spring rose gardening tasks that will help you get your roses off to a great start for the new flowering season.
These are the basic things that should be done every spring when doing rose gardening.
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One of the earliest spring rose gardening tasks (or late winter, depending on where you live) is to prune your roses, as they are just coming out of dormancy.
When you notice budding on the canes, that's when it's time to prune. Be sure to prune on a cool, crisp spring day.
The big pruning rose task should always be done yearly and during the right season for pruning.
Check with your local garden center if you are unsure.
Just before growth begins in early spring, or late winter, the exact time depends upon your climate.
If you wait until the rose plant's new growth is in full swing - removing all that foilage will weaken the plant and delay blooming.
Your roses will not like it.
After pruning clean up all dead leaves and debris from under your pruned roses. This is one of the most important early spring rose gardening tasks.
Now is also the time to spray your roses thoroughly with Dormant Oil. Spray the soil around the roses also where spores and eggs could hide.
This will kill and destroy any over-wintering fungus spores and insect eggs ready to attack your roses as soon as they start growing new foilage and flower buds.
Wait to fertilize until new growth is actively growing. Always water before fertilizing roses and any other plant.
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Just mix it in a bucket of water (read instructions) and pour it around the inside of the drip line of your rose bush.
This application will do three things, that's why they call it All-In-One: feed you roses, systemic defense against the major rose diseases and thirdly get rid of insects that devour your roses.
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You should apply two more applications during the growing season. One in early summer and then the last one in late summer.
As soon as you have cleaned up after pruning, apply a 2 inch layer of organic compost around your roses.
This will improve your soil and also help your soil to drain better. This is one of the most important early spring rose gardening tasks, so don't skip this step ok
Before summer comes add a 2-3 inch layer of mulch over the composted areas. This will help retain moisture and keep the roots cool.
Water deeply a couple of times per week, if rainfall is lacking.
Roses need at least one inch of water per week to be able to take up nutrients from the soil so the rose bush can produce lots of blooms.
Check tender new growth and flower buds daily for pesky aphids, who usually appear as soon as new growth emerges.
If you see any blast them off with water using your garden hose nozzle. It's the easiest and cheapest way to deal with aphids.
This is all there is to early spring rose gardening tasks.