The rose is a favorite flower for many people due to its significance. As such, most homeowners and flower-garden keepers desire to have a touch of it in their landscapes.
Roses are classy, beautiful, and make their owners feel good, which is priceless. Roses are not only red as most people presume. They come in different colors including white, pink, yellow, green, purple, peach, and orange to name a few.
So, if you want to start a rose garden, here are some steps to follow:
Selecting an area for the garden
Roses blossom in rich soil and favorable weather conditions. They like sunny weather condition and moist soil like any other plant. So, in selecting an area for your rose garden, choose a place where the flowers can get a minimum of eight-hours sunlight. Having access to morning sun is also essential, to quickly evaporate the morning dew from the leaves.
Though they do well in different types of soil, well-drained garden soil is preferable.
Land preparation is an essential aspect of any form of landscaping. If you get that aspect wrong, the outcome will not be good. To prepare the land, you must:
• Loosen the surface soil of the intended area for the rose garden
• Raise the field a bit above the land level
• Irrigate it at least twice a day to ensure there is enough moisture in the soil.
• Add some organic manure to your soil to make it rich in nutrients. This will ensure a healthy and well-grown garden.
While doing the above, take time to sketch a plan for your garden. Designing the garden as to where which rose plant should be planted will make it a masterpiece. A well-planned garden can be a source of inspiration.
Planting your roses
At this point, you have designed how you want the garden to look, and the soil is also ready to hold your plants.
Now, when planting your roses, make sure they are well spaced for proper aeration and availability of sunlight to each plant. By so doing, you will also be preventing the spread of diseases.
Maintaining your rose garden
Maintaining your rose garden is a much bigger job than starting it. It doesn’t mean you will have to give it 24/7 surveillance, but it needs proper attention to thrive. To maintain your garden, you should ensure:
• Proper irrigation: Even though roses don’t require much water, adequate watering is essential. The soil must be moist enough to provide adequate growth and healthy garden. You can install an irrigation system in the yard if you have the funds. Otherwise, you can use a watering can for that purpose. Irrigate twice a day especially in very hot weather conditions. This will maintain the proper moisture level in the soil. You can also choose to do deep watering twice a week.
• Inspecting the garden – Regularly, take a walk through your rose garden and check how each individual plant is doing. If you identify any form of disease outbreak or insect destructions, apply the appropriate chemical on the affected plant.
• Preventing Diseases – One effective way to prevent diseases in your garden is to keep the foliage dry. Wet foliage spread diseases easily. So, when watering, especially in the late afternoons, ensure it’s at a time that the sun can evaporate the water on the leaves.
• Pruning – An overcrowded garden is unhealthy and promotes the spread of diseases. It is therefore essential to prune your rose garden whenever needed.
Rose gardens are beautiful and inspiring especially when planned and maintained well. So, if you’ve decided to keep one, employ healthy measures to make it blossom.