How to mulch roses

Mulching is the addition of a protective layer around the base of your roses. This process helps your roses to retain moisture, suppresses weeds and provides valuable nutrients for your roses as they grow.

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Firstly, before mulching, feed your rose and water the surrounding soil, which should be clear of old leaves and weeds.

Apply a 2.5-5cm layer of your chosen mulch around the base of the rose, spreading it to the width of the rose canopy.

We recommend using a good quality garden compost, composted straw or bark, or well rotted manure from a local farm (manure must be at least 2 years old, as fresh manure can burn the roots of your roses.)


Mulch in November or December immediately after the first feed. If by autumn the layer of mulch has disappeared, a second application may be beneficial before winter.

Gardener's Tip:

It is important to feed your rose before mulching. Watch our feeding video here to give you all of the tips you need to successfully feed your roses.

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