Top tips for maintaining roses in your garden

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With the sun out and summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to relax in your garden. And what better view than a bed of beautiful roses? But if you want your roses to stay healthy, you’ll need to maintain them regularly. The tips listed below will make rose maintenance a breeze, allowing you to get the job done without stress.

Water them regularly

This first tip is an obvious one, but it’s important to remember. Roses are deep-rooted flowers, so you don’t need to water them every day, but you should water them every other day. This keeps them hydrated, preventing them from drying out and snapping.

Use fertiliser

Just as cut roses in vases need flower food to flourish, outdoor roses need fertiliser. To properly use fertiliser, sprinkle it around the base of the roses and then water them to encourage it to soak into the soil. Fertiliser provides essential nutrients that will keep your roses strong and beautiful.

Prune and weed

Sometimes, rose maintenance requires you to show no mercy. You should pull up any weeds growing near your roses by hand because weed killer could poison your flowers. When pruning, you can use small garden loppers to remove the heads of wilting or diseased roses and any other growths. This will encourage new heads to bloom.

Tackle potential pests

Insects, such as Japanese beetles, sawflies and spider mites, are known to feed on roses, so you’ll need to act as pest control in your garden. Luckily, you can make a solution of soap and water and spray it onto your roses once a week. It won’t harm them and it will prevent pests from feeding because the roses won’t taste nice.

Keep an eye on the weather

You can’t control the weather, but you should keep an eye on it when maintaining your roses. In very hot, dry spells, consider watering them more often. After heavy rainfall, check their leaves for any black spots caused by excessive water. If the weather where you live fluctuates often, you’ll need to be as attentive as possible.

Contact Redblade Mowers

If you’re looking for expert advice on tending to your garden, contact Redblade Mowers. Located in West Lancashire, we’re happy to help you with all your gardening woes. Visit our website today to find out more.