Flourishing Roses & The Importance of Regularly Mulching
Garden beds looking bare? A fresh layer of mulch adds immediate curb appeal, throw a few rose bushes in the mix and you have a real show stopper in no time!
Roses are daunting to some; the first thing to come to mind is “high maintenance”. Rest assured there are plenty of variants that do not require any extra care while still producing the colorful bright flowers that we all know and love.
#7 benefits of regular mulching in your garden
Is it any wonder that mulch and a healthy flower bed go hand in hand? With so many different mulch types to choose, making an informed decision is easy when taking the existing plant’s needs into consideration.
In the case of roses organic mulches are highly recommended. Although because of its tendency to break down rather quickly, which is great for adding nutrients into the soil, they need to be replenished often. Add a fresh layer whenever the first one starts to deteriorate, usually every two to three months. Keeping the ground constantly fed. An application before winter is almost necessary to getting plants equipped for cold weather.
Mulching your roses on a regular basis:
- Helps you save on water.
- Improves drainage.
- Reduces soil temperature in summer, insulates from the cold during winter.
- Deters weed growth.
- Fights against insects and disease.
- Provides needed nutrients.
- Evens out rapid changes in soil moisture.
The roses best suited for zone 7a
The Bucks County area – where we reside – is somewhat unique for a plethora of reasons. The wide range of temperatures we experience being one of them; Can make for a difficult planting selection. With winters getting down to 0 F and summers reaching 100 F a plant must be strong enough to withstand both. It is best to select a rose based on their cold hardiness, then provide them with some light shade during the summer months.
Shrub roses work well in these conditions. Considerably lower maintenance than a hybrid tea rose which is what most florists produce. They bloom from spring to frost leaving no time to disappoint.