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Protect Your Prized Roses From Insect Pests And Deer
By Bobbex, Inc.
Photographs courtesy of Bobbex, Inc.
Roses are the most popular and beloved blooms in American gardens, a staple of Valentine's, Mother's Day and birthday bouquets and a symbol of love, beauty and admiration. We love our roses but unfortunately, so do insects like Japanese beetles, mites, and aphids, and let us not forget the destruction deer can cause.
Since roses are known to be tenderly delicate, damage from insects can wreak havoc on their beautiful blooms. While some types of roses are hardier against disease, no rose can combat an insect infestation or fight foraging deer without some help from the gardener. Growing awareness and concern for the environment and beneficial insects may have many rose gardeners turning away from chemicals and pesticide use and looking forward to a more natural, safe way to protect their prized roses.
Rose gardeners need to keep a careful eye out for insects and regularly inspect blooms, branches, stems, undersides of leaves and canes for signs of insect infestation, including the presence of eggs, grubs and adult insects. Watch for evidence of deer damage too, such as ragged bites, about a foot or more above the ground.
Deer look at roses as a delectable dessert. They'll eat the buds, blooms, foliage and even the thorny canes of rose bushes and are especially fond of new, tender growth. Deer usually do damage at night but you may even see them cause damage during the day. Once deer dine on your roses and the damage is done, pruning down what's left of the canes and sealing all the cut ends may help – but if the damage is too extensive, your roses may be lost.
You can keep your roses radiantly ravishing by using nature to help defend them; try hanging bird feeders to attract backyard birds that regularly dine on insects harmful to roses. Or you can purchase and employ ladybugs, which eat aphids, to release in your rose garden. Just be sure to research the best time and conditions for releasing ladybugs, or they will fly away before making any impact.
If you find insect pests and deer damage too, you can address both problems with one natural, environmentally friendly, dual purpose repellent like Bobbex Rose Deer and Insect Repellent. This unique, easy-to-apply, ready-to-use foliar spray discourages deer foraging through taste and smell aversion, while simultaneously repelling insects such as aphids, mites, Japanese beetles, leafhoppers, greenflies and sawflies. The product is compatible with nature, not classified as an insecticide and is harmless to all wildlife, pets, birds and people.
Bobbex Rose also provides much needed moisture retention for plants and can reduce the severity of common disease issues known to infect roses, like black spot and powdery mildew, which are unfortunately common problems for rose gardeners. Bobbex Rose protects roses by improving the plant's ability to retain moisture during dry periods that include drought, cold blustery weather, late springs, and early frosts.
The continuous use of the product according to label instructions for rates and intervals will also disrupt browsing habits of deer while protecting against an assault of insects in any weather. The product is actually good for your roses and contains elements high in nitrogen and phosphorus; it dries clear and won't burn plants and Bobbex Rose will not wash off in rain or irrigation.
Using Bobbex Rose can reduce the need for additional insecticides, pesticides and fungicides so roses survive and thrive in a healthier environment. The fragrance and colors of roses are among the most delightful indulgences in gardens. With a bit of attention and effective natural assistance it's possible, even easy, to keep your roses radiantly resplendent while naturally protecting them and the environment. For more information, please visit: www.bobbex.com.
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By Dan Heims, president, Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.
Photographs courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.
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