How to Start a Rose Garden (Part 1)

There are many people who would love to have a rose garden, but don’t actually start one. This is because rose gardens are often see as high-maintenance, and very difficult to keep up with.

Roses are actually a very hardy plant, and not as delicate and fragile as one would think. To help get started, here is a simple 9 step guide to starting a rose garden!

1. Choose a Sunny Spot

Roses grow and flourish in full sun. Choose a spot in your garden that gets plenty of sunlight. If this is not possible, a spot that gets morning sunlight will also do. Make sure the spot selected isn’t lower than the rest of garden, as water and rain will pool there. Water that is standing is a breeding ground for disease, can attract mosquitoes and can also lead to fungi and root rot.

2. Test the Soil

Do a soil test to test the pH level and the amount fo sulphur in the soil. This can be done using home test kits from a nursery, but you will get better results if you take a sample of it to a local agricultural centre. Once you have results, you will know which treatments to add to your soil, such as lime, sulphur, and possibly other ingredients too.

3. Prepare the Soil

Other than any lime or sulphur you may need to add (following your soil test), you will also need to add compost or peat moss to the soil. Dig down about 12 inches deep then mix in the compost. It needs to go down 12 inches because that is where the feeder roots will be.

The compost or peat moss needs to be added not only to the holes where the roses will be planted but to the entire garden bed. This is because the peat moss improves drainage in clay soils and also helps retain moisture in sandy soils.

Part two of this post contains more tips!

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