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May 24, 2020 3:55 AM CST
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I am a complete novice when it comes to gardening.

We have this rose in out=r front garden that she loves, but to me it looks so messy.

Firstly which i think will make the area look so much better. I want to lay slate chips all around the area, but i need to clear the grass growing around the base.

TBH i am pretty lazy so have no issues in using anything that will do the job with minimal effort.

Can anyone please advise on a way to kill off this grass but without damaging her rose.

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May 24, 2020 2:38 PM CST
Name: Luda
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
What I would do first is just pull out as much grass as possible (it is a very little area and will take you not much time), then put brown cardboard to cover the area around the rose, then - thick layer of mulch on a cardboard. The grass will try to escape, so just keep pulling it here and there. Eventually it will die.
May 24, 2020 7:55 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
The only way to get the grass out from between the canes is to pull it. If you use any type of herbicide in there it will affect the rose. It may not kill it but it will damage it. The grass around the plant can be killed by laying a thick layer (6 to 8 sheets) of news paper on the grass for about 6 weeks.

I don't know what rose you have but dead heading (removing the spent blooms) will make it look neater. Also, if it is a repeat blooming rose, dead heading will encourage it to bloom again and rebloom sooner. If it is a once a season only blooming rose it should only be pruned once a year immediately after it blooms.

I'm not sure what you mean by slate chips. Is that like a gravel? You can use a gravel mulch but you need to be careful. The mulch should not be against the canes as that can cause diseases. Also, since you don't say where you are, you should know that any type of stone mulch will heat the soil up and may cause heat stress to the rose if you are in a warm climate. You will need to watch the water carefully. Any type of wood chip mulch is much more rose friendly.
May 25, 2020 7:30 AM CST
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
Agree with Seil's advice. Also, a wood mulch will break down and add to the soil.
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