Prepare roses for Winter in the SE?


Old 09-27-03, 10:07 AM
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Prepare roses for Winter in the SE?

We recently moved into a new house. There are 4 rose bushes in the back yard that I know nothing about. I don't know what kind they are more than to say that they are about 6' tall and fairly sparse, 7-8 stalks each, not very thick with stems. It's still in the 80's, but should be cooling off more soon. They are still putting out a good number of flowers that last about a week each, with a few more buds left to bloom. They seem very healthy, despite being a little neglected (like most of the yard).
My questions are these:
-Should I be doing anything for the soil? Especially in preparation for next season, or keeping them from dying off over the Winter.

-Should I be pruning anything, or cutting buds off after they fall? I know nothing, sorry if that's a novice question.

-Any other tips? We like having them a lot.

Cold temps in the Winter usually stay just above freezing, but sometimes will dip to around 0 in a cold one.

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Old 09-27-03, 12:39 PM
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Here is an article on preparing for winter for your roses.

Hope this helps.

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