How to Prune Roses

January and February are the favorite months for pruning roses, although I sometimes prune mine in November or December.  I expect to see buds breaking by late February. Except for climbers and tree or standard roses, pruning is quite simple. Pick the height you would like plants to start at and prune all branches down [...]

Mulches Reduce Weeds and Improve Plant Growth

One of the best ways to reduce weeding is to apply mulch around trees, shrubs, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The most popular mulch material is bark. Bark is available in three different size chunks and finer sizes called bark dust. Bark can be purchased in bags but is much cheaper in bulk. If you do [...]

Rose Disease and Insect Control

Roses need repeated applications of fungicides and insecticides to protect them from diseases and insects through the growing season. The three main rose diseases prevelant in the Pacific Northwest are black spot, mildew and rust. All three diseases can be controlled by systemic fungicides  such as Propiconazole, Myclobutanil and Tebuconazole. Propiconazole is available in Fertilome [...]

Pruning Roses

Dormant pruning of roses can be done any time between December and early March. I like to prune hybrid tea roses back to a height of 2 to 3 feet. It is best to prune just above a bud. Stubs left above buds will die and need to be pruned off later. Dead canes should [...]