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Mulching Roses?

Postby Mosquito » Mon Jan 18, 2010 11:23 pm

I need to do that to my rose bed as the heat here is playing havoc with my roses again & this time I dont want to buy the $$$ stuff I used before.I have been told that some people have used hay/straw with good effect.Will this be alright to use?If so any special instructions I need to take note of before laying it?What other suggestions do you have for me that I can use?
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby Sam » Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:50 am

Roses really love lucerne if you can get hold of it.
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby DrDuncs » Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:53 am

You could try the following:
1. Give them a good drink.
2. Lay a number of WET sheets of newspaper.
3. Cover newspaper with Lucerne and wet.

Uses a bit of water to get started but this will ensure the mulch (newspaper is considered part of the mulch) doesn't draw too much water out of the soil, will enable you to lengthen times between watering and also keeps the soil and roots cooler.
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby Denise » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:05 pm

Beware that ordinary hay / straw is full of seeds - which proceed to sprout and turn into a barley/grass/weed crop (depending on what was in the straw to start with)! Pea or lucerne straw doesn't have this issue, and it has a better nutrient content as it rots down. Been there, done that, learnt my lesson!!! :D
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby charlie_bruno » Fri Jan 22, 2010 5:33 pm

Ditto to all of that from Denise & Dr D, just don't put it too close to the base of the plant
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby orchid40 » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:32 pm

I use Cane Mulch for my roses, works for me! No weeds etc and it breaks down over time.
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby snakecharma » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:48 am

I currently use sugar cane mulch on all my roses (all in pots) and so far doing well (Y)

However the best mulch I have ever found for my roses was a pelleted lucerne that expanded when watered. I cannot remember the company or actual product name, only that it came in an red/orange bag and was the best mulch by far. And now I can't find any :cry:
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby Barbara B » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:34 pm

Hi,
all my rose gardens are mulched with redgum chips.
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby rosesforme » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:09 pm

snakecharmer..

is this what you were referring to?
It looks really good to me, I think I will give it a go.
Feeds both plants and soil.

http://www.powerpellets.com.au/summary.html

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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby snakecharma » Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:46 pm

very similar though not the same brand.

good luck with it! Do let us know how it goes. (Y)
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby Mandy » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:17 pm

I've been using newspaper/sugar cane mulch, though the wickedly bad weeds seem to enjoy it just as much as the roses....sigh. I despise nut grass and couch!
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby Barbara B » Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:52 pm

Hi,
Fusilade will kill off that couch.
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby Mandy » Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:00 pm

I generally try to avoid using chemicals - how toxic is it? Does it only kill the grass? Thanks, I've got no idea :P
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Mulching Roses

Postby Hampers » Tue Jul 20, 2010 7:36 pm

Be aware that woody mulch will drain the soil of nitrogen. But newspaper and some blood and bone always aids rapid decomposition.
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby myzeke » Sun Nov 17, 2013 4:18 pm

I usually use only lucern hay. Clean lucern does not have weeds. Is there a problem with water penetration using paper not shreaded?
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Re: Mulching Roses?

Postby kombi69 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:07 pm

keep the mulch away from the trunk, otherwise you risk collar rot.
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