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Beauty is commonly associated with roses, and gardeners who choose to grow rose bushes in their gardens are eager to provide the best care for their beautiful flowers. There are so many love poems written with a rose taken as a symbol and so many songs sung about roses that we can say that this flower has a special place in the human heart.

Then rose bushes bloom and spread their scent from the month of June until the frost comes. Roses which enjoy the best care are equally attractive as blooming plants, as parts of gorgeous bouquets and as individual flowers picked and handed to nearest and dearest people.

Growing roses is easy to implement, but to be able to provide the best care for their rose bushes, people should know the preferences of their beloved flower type to enable them to adorn their garden in the full gorgeousness of their beauty.

In the first place, rose bushes need a profusion of sunshine. In cases when that is not feasible, partial shade is the next best type of spot. Next, the soil should be rich in nutrients, and hefty amounts of compost and manure should be added to provide enough food; another solution is peat moss or cow manure. But rose bushes also need additional portions of food, in the form of additional fertilisers. Some gardeners boast that they have achieved nearly stellar results with the aid of remains of fish or similar animal matter buried in the soil around their rose bushes. But in case there are cats roaming around, the remains can disappear before they have started feeding the plants, and there is the hazard of damage to the roots as a cat tries to dig out the food that it likes no less than the plant. Phosphorus is a prime culprit for the growth and blossoming of rose bushes. Fertiliser packaging contains directions on the frequency and amount of fertilising.

Abundance of water is another must for the beauty of rose bushes. The soil, however, should be loose and well drained. The watering should be adjusted, and for sandy soils more water should be provided, whereas for clay soils the amount should be smaller. The base of the plant should be watered, without wetting the leaves. In hot and humid weather adding water to the leaves can promote diseases; furthermore, if insecticide or fungicide has been applied, it can be washed away by the water dropped on the leaves.

Mulching is effective to achieve weed control, and curbing weeds helps to enable the beauty of the rose bushes in the garden to bloom supreme. Weeds deprive rose bushes not only of water, but also from nutrients. Applying a hefty amount of mulch is a solution to the problem with weeds. Organic mulches are to be preferred: they will turn to compost in the longer term, and will provide the added benefit of enriching the soil.

Good manicuring of rose bushes is also part of the best care. Pruning the bushes on a regular basis is essential. Thus each pruned bush has a full appearance. Several central stems should be left to develop fully; the space between the individual stems should be enough to allow good air circulation.

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