The Q&A Archives: will my rose survive

Question: was working in the yard today and noticed a yellow rose I had planted
about two weeks ago was very wilted. Checked it and found that the
plant was loose in the ground and when I checked further, found that it had been eaten. No roots at all. Then saw that my pink rose was
looking a bit strange and found that it also was not tight in the ground. It was almost two years old. When I checked it further, it
also had no mature roots. This one had some tiny roots that looked like they had begun. I cut it way back to cut back on stress and planted in back in the ground. Is there a chance it will survive. There is no hope for the yellow.

Is there any way of getting rid of voles? They are demons from hell and almost all of my plants are in pots sunk into the ground because of them but wasn't sure if the rose would do okay this way. They didn't bother them last year when they were first planted.

Almost to the point of dynamite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS.

Answer: I am so sorry. Voles are so destructive. Their population is usually cyclical meaning it will peak and then fall off naturally but of course that does not solve the immediate problem. Habitat modification, encouragin their natural predators and enclosing plants with a surrounding strip of wire mesh fencing (hardware cloth) can help. Trapping and sometimes baiting are the usual control methods for residential use, although baiting is potentially dangerous for pets and other animals. Your local county extension should be able to give you specific instructions on what works best and can be used by homeowners in your state. Here is a description of the fencing technique and habitat modification steps you could try. You may need to cut and paste the complete url to make it work correctly.

I hope this helps.

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