Roses can be a great addition to any home garden. Their beautiful colors and scents can help increase your curb appeal and spruce up your home’s exterior. However, roses are seasonal and do not handle frost well. If you plan on keeping your roses bushes from harm during the colder season, you will need to winterize them. This process can allow your rose bushes to last for years to come and continue to keep them looking beautiful!
Winterizing plants is just preparing them for winter. Many plants cannot survive the harsh conditions of winter without this preparation. However, many forms of winterizing plants can be quite easy.
Twining Rose Bushes
Roses are no exception to winterization. These bushes can tend to die at temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you do not just winterize rose bushes as soon as fall approaches. The best time to winterize rose bushes is after two or three nights that frost hits. You do not want the ground to become frozen prior to beginning this process. Prune your branches before twining the canes together. You want to prune right above the nodes where the leaves begin to grow. Take off all the remaining leaves from your plant and clean up around them to prevent diseases.
Using soil, you should aim to mound a foot deep around the bush. Make sure you do not damage the roots during the process. You can take the branches that you just cut and add them to the soil with fertilizer. The nutrients the plant has already absorbed will break down into the soil and be reabsorbed throughout time. After you add your soil and fertilizer, add a top layer of mulch. The mulch will help protect the roots while maintaining moisture during the winter. With the soil, fertilizer, branches, and mulch, you should create about an 18-inch bed for your plant.
The process is quite simple and should not consume to much time. Check on your plant through the winter to make sure no damage is occurring. Roses need little winterization to survive typically; however, it still should be done. For more insight on gardening and home improvement, make sure to subscribe!