Tips for Renovating Roses After the Polar Vortex!

Frozen Roses

frozen-rosesIf your roses are like mine, they sure took a beating this past winter. How can you revitalize them?

  • If you haven’t already, remove last fall’s protection (e.g. rake extra essay-it.com soil/mulch, remove debris/leaves, etc).
  • Prune, prune, prune…before the leaf buds open or after all the buds have flowered. Be sure to use your rose gloves to protect your hands and forearms from thorny branches.
  1. Use clean, sharp tools.
  2. Remove all dead branches beginning at the base of the plant – the goal is to expose the plant center to light and air.
  3. Cut at a 45 degree angle, about 1/4 inch above the bud.
  4. Feed 1/2 organic rose fertilizer every 6 weeks until August 15th. We like the Espoma Rose-tone product.
  5. Add a 1/4″ layer of compost to your rose bed.
  6. Follow up with 2″ layer of hardwood mulch.

And, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!

Gentle Dissuasion Ridding Weeds Safely

Nature's-guideAs conscientious gardeners, we cannot justify using harsh herbicides to control weeds. Toxic products can be unsafe to people, animals and are systematically poisoning our waterways. You can safely banish weeds from your garden by:

  • Prevention: A well-maintained, lush, thick lawn helps stop weeds from growing.
  • Sprinkle corn gluten meal in turf and garden bed areas (most effective during growing season; be sure to water generously after applying). Corn gluten meal is helpful for preventing weed seeds (and any other seed) from germinating.
  • Pour boiling water over weeds that are located in cracks of driveways, sidewalks, or in between brick pavers.
  • EcoSmart Organic Weed Killer is an organic product I trust. It works well, doesn’t harm the environment, animals, or children.