About my roses - Knowledgebase Question

San Antonio, Te
Question by cindyofarmer
February 18, 2010
I have clipped my rosebushes.What isthe best soil to use? Instead of mulch, can I safely use a groundcover that will not choke them ?

Answer from NGA
February 18, 2010


You can use a groundcover around your roses. Groundcovers will help keep the soil moist and as long as you keep the plants from climbing up the roses, they should make good companions. I'd keep them pruned back an inch or two from the main stems of the roses just so they don't hold too much moisture against the roses. Roses need well draining soils but they aren't too particular about whether it's sandy or clayey. I usually amend the soil with compost prior to planting my roses. Compost helps the soil drain well plus it provides nutrients to the plant's roots.

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