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Please recommend a natural fertilizer for rose bushes. What do you recommend for getting rid of bugs on rose bushes??
My yard is full of white flowered clover. Any natural weed killer that won't hurt my grass?
- Firstly, ensure your soil is well composted and humus rich. Healthy soil is the cornerstone of every healthy organic gardening system. Become a compost expert.
- Fish fertiliser can be applied as a foliar feed every couple of weeks.
- Roses like chook manure, but make sure it is dry rather than fresh and from a pure source (ie not a conventional chook factory). Cow and sheep manure would be a second choice.
- Roses like an alkaline soil, so apply dolomite if needed every few years
- Choose varieties suited to your conditions. Some will be more resistant to disease than others.
- Grow them in a sunny spot. An airy position will help air circulation to reduce fungus.
Regular watering is important but avoid over watering and over-head watering. A slow deep watering is the best.
For more help on pests and diseases and organic rose growing in general check out the Organic Rose Growing - forum. There you will find heaps of shared info and you can post questions.
White clover is hard to eradicate from lawns due to its invasive and spreading nature. Organic growers value it for its nitrogen fixing and bee attracting properties. There is now a certified organic weed killer on the market.