Usually I am a pretty disciplined gardener. This year I am taking a break because my 11 year old bulldog needs me more than ever.
I plan my rose pruning for our local rose show. Pruning of roses is followed by a a strict spray and fertilizer schedule. First I cut back not to hard all the spindly rose stems, and remove all the old leaves and get rid of them (compost or through out in the greens barrel).
Then I dormant spray all the naked stems. This stuff is way gross. I really hate mixing it up, but it helps so so much. Then i clean up all my beds really well.
Mulch and compost are the next to go down. I am lucky to work at Starbucks because I bring home super heavy bags of coffee grounds. I throw the grounds straight onto the ground.
My organic fertilizer goes down next. In the past I have used biosol, mills magic, john and bobs. Roses are not that picky, as long as they eat they will be happy. Then I top off with the compost. This will be whatever is on sale and has the most kinds of poop in it... It all depends on what I have time for. It usually means a trip to home depot and the big bag of Kellogg's.
Then I take a break for a few weeks.
I will post my spray schedule next,
and then my fertilizer schedule following.