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Early Spring Rose Gardening Tasks

If you live in an area where you can start seeing the promise of
spring in late March or early April, then you’re an “early
spring” rose gardener. However, if you live where March and
April bring the season’s best skiing, then just keep waiting out
old man winter until your turn at spring arrives and then follow
the tips in this article.

Early spring is a time of great activity in the rose garden as
you prepare for the beautiful buds that will be sprouting almost
any day. Here’s a summary of what needs to be done in order to
prepare your roses for the tough growing season that lies ahead.

If you covered your roses with dirt or other protective winter
coverings, your first step is to gently remove the protective
materials so you can introduce your dormant bushes to the
warming spring sun and gentle rains that lie ahead.

Before beginning your spring pruning activities, cut back any
dead and damaged canes that did not survive the winter. Be sure
to clear away any debris and residue from around the bushes as
well.

Prepare the soil to nurture your plants by adding some organic
compounds. You can either buy pre-packaged organics from your
favorite garden supplier, or you can mix up your own recipe
using composted manure or mushroom compost, or any of the usual
meal blends which can include alfalfa, cottonseed, fish or blood
meal.

Work your soil with a spade or other tool if it has become too
compacted during the winter or if you notice standing water
after watering your plants. Roses require well-drained soil to
thrive.

After soil preparation is done you can plant any new additions
to your garden including container-grown roses.

Next it is time to begin your fungicide spraying regiment either
immediately or, if you prefer to wait, approximately 14 days
after you complete your pruning. Opinions on the best time
differ. The choice is yours.

Remember to rotate through different fungicides during the year
to prevent any fungi from becoming immune to any one product.

Don’t use any pesticides unless you see evidence of damage, but
remember to keep a sharp eye out for aphids which are as much a
sign of spring as April showers are. Hit them with a blast of
water to remove them, or apply insecticide in a mister to the
affected areas.

Imagine how hungry you’d be if you just woke up from a long
winter hibernation! Well, your Roses are hungry too. The best
way to coax them from dormancy to budding is to feed their
little bellies now and every other week through the remainder of
the growing season. Water well after feeding!

There! Your rose garden is ready for spring, but your work is
far from over. If spring is near then summer can’t be far
behind. Read our article to learn how to prepare your roses for
the coming heat

Angie Noack is a home and garden strategist with a sharp edge
for technology. With her unique ability to combine these two
skills, she’s able to help gardeners save time and increase
productivity. You can find her online at http://www.foodrose.com.
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