Q.Trees ‘n Roses
When it comes to gardening, I’m a complete no hoper. I dig a hole put a plant in and HOPE, so if there are any answers please use the KISS principle.
Pruning roses – I am in the process of pruning my roses, cutting off the expired heads and contaminated leaves but due to my lack of no how (pun intended) I always seem to end up with a length of dead wood from previous prunings, what should I be looking for when I prune to avoid this dead wood
Trees – I also have a couple of miniature maples both about a metre high and I would like to transplant them in another area of the garden near by, is there a problem if I do this??
I would suggest a couple of things. One is to read over several of the Rose growing and care articles on our website. I will provide you with a link. If you clean your pruners by wiping them off with some of those sanitizing wipes prior to pruning each rosebush, that will help keep from spreading any bacteria that could cause the die-back. Try pruning your roses after they have bloomed in a manner that takes you further down the cane to where the diameter of the cane is bigger and just above a nice leaves junction with the cane. For the maple trees, water them well with some water that has a product called Super Thrive mixed into the water. If you cannot find Super Thrive locally, it is available on Ebay. Dig the holes where you desire to plant them making the holes 18 inches to 20 inches in diameter and that deep as well. Fill the holes at least half way with water and let it soak away. Dig up the young trees making sure to get all the root system you can. Place the trees into the new holes that the water has soaked in and is gone. Refill the planting holes with trees in them about half way with a good bagged planting mix soil that has some compost in it. Water the new plantings with some water that has both a root stimulator product and the Super Thrive mixed into the same water. Let it soak in. Fill the planting holes up the rest of the way and tamp lightly. Water again lightly with the same water mix, just enough to settle the soils. Add more soils as needed. Water the trees with the same type of water mix the next 4 or 5 times they need watering. The root stimulator product gets the root system activated and growing well. The super thrive helps them deal with any transplanting shock and stress as well as helps the root stimulator work even better. Now here is the general link to the rose care articles for you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/