When Do I Winterize?

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

c4ad4-dscf0448Temperatures in North Carolina dipped into the 30’s this past weekend.  With this drop in temps came multiple phone calls from rose gardeners asking what needs to be done this time of year to protect their roses.

Here in North Carolina we have a longer growing season than other parts of the country which means you might see blooms until late November if we’re lucky; however, the bush will begin to defoliate this time of year and the frost might nip the edges of the blooms.

Even with the temperatures dropping as quickly as your rose’s leaves, you will not need to winterize your roses until December!

That being said, now is an excellent time to begin thinking about winterizing and making preparations to cutback in December! Continue reading

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Rose Garden Preparation in the Fall?

Prepare for your New Rose Garden in the Fall

3b75a-riosamba2Spiced cider, moonlit hayrides, and bonfires usher us into the time of year where the air is crisp and sweet as the season’s apples.  Autumn weather also brings with it one last beautiful flush of roses.  When you are surrounded by blooms that rival spring’s first blossoms, it is difficult to imagine what the next season will bring.

And even though the season is not quite over, now is the time to begin prepping your garden for next season.

So why is fall a good time to prepare your garden?  Besides the fact that fall weather is perfect for working outside, it is a good idea to prepare the bed with enough time for the soil to settle over winter.  By putting in a little hard work now, your yard will become a healthy, happy home for our new rose garden in the spring.

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