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How to Fertilize your Knock Out and Drift Roses

Fertilizing Knock Out® and Drift® Roses

Are you wondering when you should fertilize your roses? The good news is that Drift® and Knock Out® Roses will perform beautifully even without fertilizing! However, if you choose to give them an additional boost, it's very important not to fertilize until after the roses are established and go...

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Roses in the Drought

As California enters its 4 th year of drought, we will be living under mandatory state water restrictions — the first ever for the state. The restrictions will affect mostly urban areas, and therefore what happens in the garden. Roses in the Drought was also the topic of a talk I attended a while...

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Winterizing Roses

Knock Out® Roses and Drift® Roses are tough and can make it through anything. But, if you live in an area with harsh winters (zones 4 and below) there are a few things you might want to try. To protect your roses, you should do the following: Add 2-3" of mulch, leaves, or pine/fir boughs around the...

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Fertilizing Roses

How and when to fertilize your roses There is no need to fertilize your rose the first year of planting. It needs this time to get established and spread roots. Adding fertilizer may actually hinder your rose rather than help it. Subsequent years if you choose to fertilize, the first feeding of...

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Watering New Roses

Learn how to water your newly planted rose A heavy application of approximately a bucketful of water should be applied to the rose when the hole is about 2/3 filled with firmed earth. It helps to settle the earth and moisten it thoroughly around the roots of the rose. Moving forward, the actual...

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Dead Heading Your Roses

Dead Heading When a flush of rose blooms start to lose their luster, you may find yourself wanting to trim out these less than attractive, spent blooms. Although it isn't necessary since The Knock Out® Family of Roses and Drift® Groundcover Roses are self-cleaning (they do all the work for you!)...

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Pest Peeves!

Pests can be such…well….PESTS in the garden. I mean, you go through all the work of picking the right plant for a location, nurturing it, watering it, trimming it, feeding it (maybe sometimes talking to it) only to find that now it’s being attacked by something. Some of us are thinking Kill Kill...

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