Cover Crops For Rose Bed - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Garden Friend
Los Angeles, CA
Avatar for jbain61481
Question by jbain61481
March 6, 1998
I have a large central rose garden and it looks pretty barren after January pruning - is there something I could sow or plant in the fall to camouflage the rose canes till they leaf out in the spring?

Answer from NGA
March 6, 1998
There are a number of cover crops you can plant, but they should be turned under in the spring - something that might not be practical in a rose bed, with all those established root systems. Have you considered a mulch material like straw or leaves? Not very pretty, but functional; they'll keep the weeds down and help prevent erosion. You can rake the material up in the spring and use it in your compost pile, or scatter it around in your tree wells. You can plant fava beans in the fall. The plants are tall and rangy so you'll get a wild, unkempt look in your rose bed, but they're easy to pull in the spring.

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:

( No account? Join now! )

Today's site banner is by chhari55 and is called "Golden Sedum (Sedum adolphi)"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.