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ground cover and dingy rose colors
2 questions: one side of my house is a slope about 5 feet wide and the length of the house and very hard to get to with a lawn mower - has a retaining wall as the outer edge - hot, dry and bad soil - since it's a side area no one really sees it but I want more than just dirt - any suggestions? Also, my roses this year have dingy looking outer edges on the petals - how can I correct this?
If only the edges of the rose petals are affected by browning, the cause is likely high temperatures and/or low humidity during development of the flower.
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