Prune roses once red leaf buds have swelled and just barely started to unfurl. Make cuts to shape bushes and to remove dead stems. Cut floribundas, grandifloras, and hybrid teas back to about 6 inches tall.
Fertilize roses. Choose from two methods: Liquid fertilizer: Apply every two weeks until August. Slow-release fertilizer: Work into soil around roses every 6 weeks. Compost: Work a spade of compost into soil around roses monthly.
Some rose fertilizers include a pesticide, which allows you to feed plants and fight pests at the same time. Read the label carefully. These products also kill beneficial insects and butterflies
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