Rose care FUNdamentals June, 2021

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Frank Brines, ARS Master Consulting Rosarian All projections I have read indicate that we may be entering another period of drought. As gardeners we must be watchful and learn how to efficiently manage the amount of water we apply in our gardens. With summer and the warmer temperatures to come this will help diminish heat damage (stress) to the plants. The strategies I will discuss here are: Delivering water efficiently Keeping water in the soil using mulch Allowing your roses a summer dormancy period Delivering Water Efficiently: Installing the most efficient delivery system is one method to save (conserve) water. Learning your garden’s soil type will help you make a decision on which systems work best and how much water to deliver at any one time. (Growing in pots is a
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