Caring for Roses Through Winter
Even though hardy, roses can sometimes be tricky to care for overwinter. If a rose is truly hardy in Manitoba it shouldn't need extra care beyond a pruning; Though it's not a bad idea to give it a bit of extra mulching with leaves or flax straw. More tender varieties (those rated zone 4) will need a bit of extra work. Follow the steps below to prepare your tender roses for winter:
Choosing a Tree
The best way to find the best tree for the best spot is to speak to an expert who is knowledgeable in the characteristics and habits of trees and shrubs. However, there are several questions to start the decision making:
Evergreen Winter Care
Most established evergreens hardy for zone 2 will be able to tolerate the harsh winters that come with living in Manitoba. There are a few key things, however, to keep in mind to keep evergreens as healthy as possible over the winter. Despite the cold February temperatures the sun becomes quite strong, the winds are harsher in winter than in the summer, and the ground is frozen- making it impossible for the tree’s roots to absorb any moisture.
When planting, always use a root supplement such as Myke to aid root development and growth. Dig a hole at least a couple of inches wider than the pot and a few inches deeper.
Pruning Trees & Shrubs
When planting, always use a root supplement such as Myke to aid root development and growth. Dig a hole at least a couple of inches wider than the pot and a few inches deeper. Add the root supplement. Place the root ball into the hole on top of the supplement. Fill in the hole around the sides and over the top of the roots with soil. It is very important to keep the soil around the plant well watered and moist in the first year to help the tree become established.
Roses are a beauty in any garden, they can sometimes be a bit picky. Roses prefer specific environmental conditions and require attention.
Tree Staking Guide
Roots are not only essential for water and nutrient uptake but also for anchorage. When first planted, a trees root ball is narrow, and not yet spread to effectively anchor the tree. Smaller trees (with a narrow canopy) should be able to support themselves through high winds but larger trees should be staked.