Rose Maintenance

Here at Tennessee Thermal we want to take a moment to share some helpful tips for those rose bushes this summer. Using these helpful tips below is sure to have that rose garden looking great this summer.

Fertilizing

Fertilizing those rose bushes can be crucial for hardy, healthy, and diseases free roses. Avid coffee drinkers are getting more and more common, leaving leftover coffee piling up in the garbage. But what if instead of throwing out those old grounds they were recycled to give your garden an added boost? Used coffee grounds can break down and add nutrients like phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen to the soil for a safe and organic fertilizer. Coffee grounds can also attract earthworms to your garden. This is beneficial because worms aerate soil, improve drainage, and provide more nutrients for plants. However, too much coffee can burn or even kill your roses. But mixing about ½ half a pound of used coffee can with 5 gallons of water and pour over rose bushes about twice a month can make those roses thrive.

Watering

One common mistake most people make when growing rose bushes is overwatering. Roses are not swamp plants and will not grow in standing water. So good drainage for rose bushes is key to a thriving plant. One way to ensure that your plant has proper drainage is with mulch. Mulch can be used to retain moisture in the soil, keep the soil cool, and suppress weeds. This makes mulch an ample ally for watering your roses this summer. We recommend applying mulch three inches deep and that you water both your plant and mulch. During the extremely hot summer weather roses will need to be watered daily but on typical summer day roses will only require watering once or twice a week.

Pruning Rose Bushes

Correctly pruning roses in the summer months can increase late season blooms. This summertime prune is a slight cut back to remove spent flowers and inspire new growth. Dead flowers can be pruned back in summer but need to be cut at a forty-five-degree angle to allow for a greater surface area and increase water uptake. Remove any dead wood, as well as any branch thinner than a pencil; but always try to shape your plant by beginning at the base of your rose bush.

Here at Tennessee Thermal, we’re the company you can trust. Since 1995, we’ve been helping homeowners with their home improvement projects and we wanted to share some helpful gardening tips with you today. Call us today for a free quote at 615-266-4474! We have exactly what you need, and we wish you the best of luck on your gardening endeavors.