Feeding and Mulching Roses
Roses are easy to grow and are remarkably tolerant. However, with a little extra care and attention, your roses will really thrive.
Feeding provides your rose with key nutrients to keep it healthy, allowing it to produce better blooms and resist pests and diseases.
When to feed
Feed in late March or early April, just before the leaves are fully open. Follow immediately with mulching.
You will need to feed again in early July, after the first flush of flowers to encourage repeat-flowering
How to feed
Clear the ground under your rose of old leaves and weeds. Sprinkle approximately 30g of David Austin Rose Food around the base of the rose, spreading it to the width of the canopy. Gently mix into the surrounding soil and water the area if the ground is dry.
Carr’s Special Organic
Mulching is the addition of a protective layer of soil or compost around the base of a rose to help keep the soil moist and rich in nutrients.
When to mulch
Mulch in late March or early April, immediately after feeding.
If by autumn the layer of mulch has disappeared, a second application may be beneficial before winter.
How to mulch
After feeding your rose, apply a 1-2” thick layer of Carr’s Special Organic Soil Improver around the base of the rose, spreading it to the width of the canopy.