Since we’ve had a very wet winter, make sure that there is no standing water around the base of the plant. Use a stick to poke around the base of the plant so that the water drains.
- Cut the rose bushes down to 2 feet in height and get rid of stems that converge inward. Trim them in such a way that the stems open up to the outside. When stems converge inward, insects can proliferate once the bush has leaves in springtime.
- To prevent mildew (whitish substance that coats leaves) and rust (black spots on leaves), use a copper spray when the bush is still dormant. Using a copper spray now when the plant is in dormancy will promote healthier plants and blooms in spring.
- As soon as you trim the plant, use fertilizer at the base of the plant.
Enjoy beautiful blooms in May by doing a little bit of work now!