Weeding A Rose Bed

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Dottie May

Weeding A Rose Bed

My OH and I are now finding it difficult (medical probs.) to weed the Rose Bed, with the result that it has become overgrown. After being let down by various "odd job" men the time has come for drastic action. Can we carefully use weed killer on the weeds and leave the rose bushes where they are? Also the bed contains lots of Spring bulbs and I would like to leave those in as well. Any suggestions will be very welcome.

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Yummy

Morning Dottie,

If you can get it done just once Dot and then mulch with a thick layer of tree bark this should suppress the weeds.
My Gardening "Expert" friends is away at the moment to ask, (and I'm not much good) but I think Honey or TH could give you some very good advice on this subject, hopefully they will be around soon.
Have a lovely day
Yummy

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Dottie May

Weeding A Rose Bed

Many thanks for your input Yummy - if I could only get it done once would be great and then I could add the mulch as suggested. The bed looks awful at the moment. Enjoy your weekend.

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SusanM

Weeding

I am not an expert but wonder if you could put heavy duty black plastic on the bed to exclude light and therefore kill the weeds? weighted with a few bricks . Then in early spring remove plastic, water very well and mulch ?
My son used this method to kill weeds .
Incidentally n manyot more trips to Newport Dottie as my son and family are moving to Scotland . Perhaps a final coffee next time I come down before they move?Will e-mail you . (Think I still have your addy )

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Dottie May

Weeding A Rose Bed

Think I would need quite a lot of plastic Susan as the area is quite large but good idea. Yes, would like to meet up again before your son moves to Scotland - keep in touch.

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sandra

Rose bed

Dottie
Do not normally advocate chemicals but in this case what the hell !
I use a pastry brush to apply glyphosate on leaves. Obviously needs to be done on a calm day and also PDQ as soon weeds will become dormant. Will not affect your bulbs nor the soil.
Oh, should add I use it neat.

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Biggles !

Rose bed, weeds

Picked up a tip recently: to wear a pair of rubber gloves and a pair of woollen or material gloves over the top and then 'you can get your hands wet' with the glyphosate and apply where you want. If there is any danger of contact with a valued plant, wrap the leaves in cling film or a plastic bag. I was actually given this tip to eradicate bindweed in what is now my rose bed.

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Dottie May

Weeding A Rose Bed

Many thanks girls for the good tips you've given me. Will try them out. Dottie Mayx

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Oinker

Hi Dottie

Haven't been on Delia changed format.
Because roses are hardwood, you can use chemicals.
I try not to use chemicals at work but sometimes needs must!
Good luck with that!
Oinker

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Dottie May

Weeding a Rose Bed

In September/October I managed to get a man who did a lot of clearing in the garden. He said he wasn't a gardener as such but would help with cutting down brambles etc. and I was very pleased with his efforts. He weeded the rose bed for me which was fine but later on I could see hundreds of seedlings of the plant "Poached Eggs" coming through. At least in the Spring the bed will look better than weeds. At the moment the bed is under about 6" of snow so don't know what is going on there! Dottie Mayx

 
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