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You can grow them without mulching but if you live in the desert, mulching.

Jul 26, Gravel Mulch for Roses. I use ¾ inch (2 cm.) gravel mulch called Colorado Rose Stone around nearly all of my rose bushes. The gravel mulch is knocked by some, as they say it will make the root zone too hot and kill off the plant.

I have not found that to be the case in my climate here in northern Colorado at all. I like the gravel, as I can fertilize all of my rose bushes and plants by sprinkling the fertilizer over the gravel around Missing: Concord MA. Compost is one of the most beneficial types of mulch. Starting a small compost pile in your backyard can be very effective.

Dried organic materials such as leaves, grass clippings, newspaper, and coffee grounds make a wonderful mulch. When and How Much to Mulch the Garden You can apply mulch to your roses any time of year but it is best in early spring and then again in late summer to early shrubdrop.buzzg: Concord MA. Oct 30, Grass clippings, shredded leaves or pine needles are a free mulch option for your roses, but you should not use yard waste that has been treated with herbicides or shows signs of shrubdrop.buzzg: Concord MA.

If you can't replant some of the roses, you could always provide extra protection around the graft for winter--pile soil up about 6 inches or so. As for mulching, excellent idea. However, it wouldn't hurt to keep it pulled back a couple inches from the base--a little"breathing" room, as it shrubdrop.buzzg: Concord MA.

Many organic mulches break down fairly rapidly, so you need to replenish them often. For effective mulching, apply a good, thick layer (at least 3 to 4 inches) of mulch in spring before the weeds start to grow.

Spread it evenly under the roses, over an area slightly wider than the diameter of the shrubdrop.buzzg: Concord MA. Jun 03, How to Mulch a Rose Bush. Proper mulching improves the quality of the garden soil, resulting in healthier, better flowering rose bushes. Mulch can minimize irrigation needs since it Missing: Concord MA.