Wooden House Landscaping: How to Plant a Rose Bush

Wooden houses are attractive on their own. However, you could add a twist to this beauty by having rose bushes in your yard. These traditional and aesthetically appealing flowers are quite the eye-catchers. And what’s more, they leave the outdoors smelling great. A beginner may wonder if these are the flowers for them owing to care practices. While many people may shy away from rose bushes due to high maintenance needs, there is a way around this. It comes down to adequate preparation before planting the bushes. If you ensure that they have sufficient sun and are in well-draining soil, the rest will come easy. So how can you be successful in planting rose bushes? Read on for tips on this:

Preparation

Much of the landscaping business involves preparation. It is only through this that you can make great subsequent choices. It also allows you to add to the appeal of your wooden houses. You need to start by choosing a rose variety.

Variety Selection

The good thing is that you have many options available to you. Not being limited to one choice is a plus, more so in this era of rainbow gardens. When choosing a type, it helps to look into your prevalent climatic conditions. Though a rose bush may look great, it may not do so well in your region. Get a guide on this or visit a local nursery where an expert can help you with the selection. Once you know what works for your area, you can then narrow down your choices based on size and appearance. How easy is that!

The most important thing to remember at this stage is that your climatic conditions are the primary factor. Everything else comes second. Examples of varieties include Floribunda, Climbers, Grandiflora and tree roses, amongst others. They all have their upsides, and researching them will significantly aid you at this stage. Go for varieties with more resistance to diseases as this will help you cut back on maintenance work.

Bare Root vs. Container

This choice will affect how you plant the roses. Though both options eventually end up in the soil, the processes for them are quite different.

The bare roots come devoid of flowers. While this may seem like a downside, it is an advantage. Without flowers, the plant focuses its resources on the development of healthy roots. Over time, the root network is large enough to support the growth of the plant with ease. These plants can go into the ground early on in the growing season. You can estimate the planting dates by the last frost and have the plants in the field six weeks after that. When you get the timing right and plant them as per the steps, they mature at faster rates than container roses.

The container roses come with flowers. The good thing about this is that they have a positive effect on your outdoors from day one. They are quite fragile and are likely to be affected by frost. You thus have to exercise a lot of caution when handling them for the best results.

Other than the above differences, there is little else that you need to consider at this stage.

Planting Location

You could get the most beautiful roses, only to see them wilt and die. Why is this the case? Well, the planting site plays a significant role in the maturity of your bushes. Where a site gets less than five hours of direct sunlight per day, roses will not do well. Also, the plants should have adequate access to daylight. Thus, reduce the amount of shade around them. However, if you live in a windy region, having some partial shade will come in handy.

The amount of shade depends on your climate. If you live in a hot region, there is a need for cover from the harsh afternoon sun. Thus, have the bushes in a place with morning sun. Where your climate is chilly, opt to have some protection around the bushes to protect them from the harsh conditions.

Soil drainage is also of importance at this stage. You can check for the drainage by digging a hole and filling it with water. Wait a day and check if the water got absorbed into the ground. Then do the same again. If there is water in the gap after two days, the drainage is poor and will lead to rotting. If the water drained at a rapid rate, the drainage is also poor. You want a balance of the two, such that at the end of the two days, the hole is devoid of water but damp. The good thing about drainage is that you can amend the soil by adding organic materials before planting.

The other thing you need to consider is proximity to other plants. Having rose bushes near shrubs or trees leads to competition for nutrients. Thus, avoid having them in sites with other plants.

And finally, you must consider the pH of the soil, which should lie between 6.5 and 7. Anything higher or lower than this should be amended before planting begins.

Planting

If you have done everything as per the above steps, you can now commence planting. For the bare root roses, this can take place as from six weeks after the last frost. Start by making a pit that is much bigger than the plant. Ensure that the plants are at least two feet from each other to give roots enough space to expand. The bud unions should be below the ground level by an inch in cold areas. In warm areas, they can be above the ground level, ensuring the roots are covered. You can now fill the hole and follow up with a six-inch mound of soil over the plant.

For container roses, planting should take place towards the start of summer or end of spring. You will follow the same steps as above, only that here you need to loosen the soil around the root balls and there will be no mound.

With these simple steps, you will have enhanced the appearance of your wooden house. And that of your yard. All the best of luck!

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