Pruning should be completed during July, followed by clearing away all old dead leaves and dry mulch. Then spray with Lime Sulphur or a copper spray covering the pruned bush and the ground around the plant, This will help remove much of the potential
source of disease for the upcoming Spring & Summer.
A dressing of Dolomite lime should be applied together with some Seamungus pellets that help to stimulate new roots and if scale insects are around then spray with white oil. Lime Sulphur and white
oil should not be mixed together. When shoots are 2-3cm long apply a dressing of Neutrog Sudden Impact for Roses (usually about the 3rd week in August). Water in well and then apply new mulch.
This is the best time to check watering systems. Ants
often colonise and block drippers and spray nozzles in winter.
Keep an eye out for aphids which usually start spoiling the new shoots around the end of August.