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How Much Do You Know About Rosebush Care this Season?

Summer is a beautiful time of year, and many New Jersey residents take advantage of the warm weather by spending it in their garden or flower beds. Roses are one of the most popular flowers to grow because they can survive in a variety of climates. Watching your roses turn into fragrant blooms is a rewarding experience, but they won’t grow without the right care. Proper rosebush care includes the correct pruning, watering, and pest prevention techniques.

Water & Sunshine

Plant roses in sunny areas that are not prone to snails or other pests that love shade and could destroy the plants. Roses require six to eight hours of sunlight each day in addition to sufficient amounts of water.

If you notice leaves dropping, wilting, or the roses stop blooming, it is likely due to lack of water. Deep watering roses maintains root healthiness and helps them survive dry spells longer. Roses need approximately two and a half gallons of water each week. If you need to water roses due to lack of rainfall, it is best to water them very early in the morning.

Pruning

Pruning isn’t just cutting stems and leaves from the rosebush. Proper pruning creates a healthier rose bush, prevents diseases, and encourages blooming. Be sure to remove any dry, broken, or black branches in addition to those that rub against one another. All cuts should be made at a 45-degree angle and a quarter inch above buds.

Preventing Pests

Insects have a knack for destroying beautiful roses. Proper rosebush care includes creating and following a plan to prevent unwanted pests. Aphids are the most common pests that feed on roses during the summer months. These worm-like insects are often found under the leaves, or you may notice areas covered with a black sticky substance. This substance prevents the roses from receiving the right amount of sunlight.

Rosebushes should be treated for pests every three weeks starting when they first bloom. To prevent or manage Aphids or other bests, contact a New Jersey lawn care specialist for professional help.

Nutrients

Depending on your soil and the summers impact on it, you may need to feed rosebushes with organic fertilizers to keep them thriving. Injecting fertilizer into the root zone of a rosebush is the best way to keep them growing all season long. A lawn care specialist will be able to help you determine if this step is necessary and when it should be applied.

 

Since roses are more susceptible to disease and insect damage than other plants, proper rosebush care requires more than watering and pruning. Pest prevention applications are a vital part of maintaining healthy rosebushes that you can be proud to show off. If you need help managing your rosebushes and preventing unwanted pests this summer, contact Perennial Lawn Care today to schedule an appointment.

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