Roses are some of the most beloved flowering plants worldwide, but they also happen to be anecdotally finicky, especially during the hot summer months. In the summer, your rose bushes need special care and attention to thrive, so we’ve asked our experts in lawn care in Amarillo TX to share with us their favorite summer rose care tips.
Offer Your Roses Enough Sunlight
Roses love to stay in the sun as much as possible. So, ensure that they get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. If you live in a dry and hot climate like the Texas panhandle, though, install your rose bushes on a site that offers enough sunlight in the morning but keeps them protected from the sun at noon. In colder climates, installing your rose bushes close to a wall or other protective barrier facing south or west can keep them from freezing in the winter.
Mend Compacted Soil
Compacted soil may prevent water from reaching your roses’ root system and may keep them dehydrated without you even noticing. Roses are water-intensive plants especially when in full bloom. Compaction affects clay and loam soils the most, but it may appear in regular soil as well especially if there’s too much foot traffic in the area or the soil tilting was done when it was still wet. You can reduce the troubles caused by dense soil and prevent needless water evaporation by adding mulch or compost around the base of the rose bush. Our specialists in lawn care in Amarillo TX will gladly help you out with that.
Tweak Watering Schedule
Roses need water in abundance during dry, hot weather. The watering schedule should be adjusted based on weather and soil type. In dry and hot climates, watering your rose bushes daily or every other day is a must. Look for wilted blooms as a first sign of dehydration. Another sign is dry soil 2 to 3 inches deep (you might need to dig a little for that). Water deeply, instead of just sprinkling the foliage, to prevent leaf burn and diseases. The best time to water roses is early in the morning. Adding mulch to the base of the bush helps prevent water evaporation and keeps soil damp for long.
Feed Your Bloomers
Repeat bloomers need consistent feeding year-round. A healthy rose bush needs to be fertilized at least three times per year: in spring, after the first pruning, after the first flush of flowers, and in mid to late July. Do not fertilize too late in the summer, as the added nutrients may encourage the plants to stay active beyond the time for them to go dormant.
Pruning Done Right
If you are looking to encourage repeat blooms in your roses, make sure that spent blooms are removed as soon as they fade. The removal of spent bloom to encourage new ones to appear is known as deadheading. This procedure requires some expertise as removing too much of the stem or foliage may weaken the plant or even kill it if not dormant. Consider hiring a specialist for the task at least until you feel confident doing it yourself.
Our Lawn Care Amarillo TX Pros Are at Your Service
Need some assistance with the maintenance of your flowering shrubs and roses? Our lawn care professionals are here to help. With 15 years in the landscape maintenance and design & build business, we at Reeder Landscape have the expertise, tools, and technicians to make your greenery thrive, and your roses are no exception. Don’t hesitate to request a Free Estimate of our lawn care service or give us a call at 806-356-6163, and watch us turn the ordinary into extraordinary right before your eyes.