Mulching is the addition of a protective layer around the base of your roses. This process helps your roses to retain moisture, suppresses weeds and provides valuable nutrients for your roses as they grow.
how to mulch YOUR ROSE
- Firstly, before mulching, feed your rose and water the surrounding soil, which should be clear of old leaves and weeds.
- Apply a 1-2″ layer of your chosen mulch around the base of the rose, spreading it to the width of the rose canopy.
- We recommend using Carr’s Organic Soil Improver as your mulch material. Alternatively, you can use a good quality garden compost, composted straw or bark, or well rotted manure from a local farm (manure must be at least 2 years old, as fresh manure can burn the roots of your roses).
WHEN TO Mulch ROSES
Mulch in late March/early April, immediately after the first feed. If by autumn the layer of mulch has disappeared, a second application may be beneficial before winter.
It is important to feed your rose before mulching. Watch our Head Gardener Steve as he gives you all of the tips you need to successfully feed your roses.
By following these simple steps, you will ensure your potted shrub rose gets off to the best possible start.
There are two stages to deadheading. The first is mainly aesthetic, removing the brown finished blooms so you can enjoy the remaining flowers without interruption. The second stage encourages new blooms and helps to maintain a compact shape.
Feeding provides your rose with key nutrients to keep it healthy, allowing it to produce better blooms and resist pests and disease.