As of Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The summer garden debris is cleared out, the yard raked and raked again of leaves, and tools are winterized and stored. What did I forget? How about those roses?
Winter weather across much of Idaho County can put the challenge to rose bushes to survive and thrive. So, what should you be doing to help those through the winds, frosts, freezes and snowloads our region can throw at them?
First, get the cleanup done: remove all fallen leaves to prevent problems from insects and disease. This is especially critical to do if you had such problems this season; pick those up and dispose of them.
With the first frost now behind us, and before the ground freezes, give the rose bush a good soaking to allow the plant to take care of itself through the winter. After a couple of hard freezes, place 6 to 12 inches of compost around the crown of the plant to protect the roots and the graft union. Avoid moving soil around the bush as this could disturb or expose roots.
Wind is always a big concern during November, especially across the Camas Prairie, and can put climbing roses at risk. To protect those, wrap canes together, perhaps bundling these with straw. Or, remove them from their supports and secure them to the ground with landscape pins, protecting them with a layer of mulch.
Need supplies? Advice? Our staff is ready to assist you at Green Acres Nursery in Grangeville, 208-983-0355, www.lindsleysgreenacres.com, and like us on Facebook.