Now is the time to prepare for a good show of roses for Easter. Count back 45-50 days from the date of Easter and trim back the bushes by about a half. Apply fertiliser and water in thoroughly. If the weather turns dry then water well by giving a bucketful
per bush 2-3 times a week.
This is the time of year that Downey Mildew will appear, especially if we have some humid weather. Change from Triforine to Mancozeb which will deal with both Blackspot and Mildew. Keep an eye open for aphids to reappear
and those dreadful budworms.
Now is a good time to have a good look at all your roses and decide if some need replacing during winter.