QUESTION: I have rose pests.
Something is eating the leaves totally off my roses branches and eating the new rosebuds and eating right through the cane so it looks as though I have cut it clean through.....up very very high as well as low.
The nursery thinks we have a deer but we do not.
A gardener suggests we need to put lime on the dirt around the rose bush to get the bug. What do you think?
ANSWER: Hi Holly!
I am not sure, about your rose pests. But I suspect snails.
I garden in Los Angeles, and I have had this problem also.
I like the lime idea, because it will kill the snails on contact almost.
I have used raw salt, sprinkled like a ring around the rose bushes.
There are snail killers, but use only the ones that will not harm pets or wild life.