It is a common misconception among gardeners that growing roses without using a great deal of pesticides and other chemical products is very challenging. In reality, today, creating an organic rose garden is not difficult at all.
The use of chemicals is a way to ensure that a garden will have numerous beautiful roses, but today people are more aware than ever of the damage that these chemicals can cause to the environment. In order to lower the environmental damage, it can be a great idea to pursue organic rose gardening as a healthy alternative.
One of the first steps you should take in growing organic roses to make sure that the soil is in tiptop condition. Roses prefer soil that is well drained and so if you live in an area where the soil has a very high clay content, then you will need to use plenty of additional compost on your roses.
Adding a layer on top of the soil of mulch is a great idea and will be very beneficial in helping your roses grow strong and healthy. Mulch is made from many materials and a great option can be to choose mulch that has been created from recycled materials, such as corks or rubber tyres. This still counts as organic gardening, because the materials are made from recycled matter and do not damage the environment in any way.
If you are very keen on using natural mulch then there are plenty of options, wood chips, bark, pine needles and even crushed seashells are popular options. All of these types of mulch, including the artificial ones, will help keep moisture in the soil, and keep weeds at bay. It is also essential that if you see any weeds growing at the base of your roses that you get rid of these weeds as soon as possible.
With organic rose gardening you might have to prune your roses more often than you would if you were using chemicals. This is because you need to protect them against fungal infection and leaves lower down the stem of the roses can prevent air circulation which can lead to the development of fungi.
Chemicals are very good at keeping your roses weed free, so if you are not using them you are going to have to take additional steps to make sure that you don’t pass diseases onto your roses.
Before you prune the roses, make sure that you sanitise your clippers. You can do this with a mix of bleach and water and this will make sure that any potential diseases that could be passed to your roses are killed off. Once you have finished pruning one rose, clean the clippers again before moving onto the next.
Taking advantage of the food chain is a good way to keep bugs off your plants. You should read up on different types of plants that attract the right insects, such as ladybirds, wasps and lacewings. All of these insects are useful as they will eat other insects which can damage your roses. These three insects can do no harm to your rose bushes themselves, so don’t take any steps to get rid of them.
There are also some types of herbs that are known to repel insects which are harmful to roses. Growing garlic, lavender, rosemary and thyme nearby to rose bushes is known to keep away some insects which can damage your beautiful plants. Roses can be highly susceptible to different fungi but there are numerous types of organic treatment can be used for treating fungal infections that your roses might acquire.