>I have gotten several e-mails this week from folks asking about winterizing their roses. In the south where I live (zone 7b), I wait until the first heavy frost and trim back any tall canes about 1/3 to 1/2. This will help prevent stress and breakage of the canes from whipping about in the winter wind. I mound up mulch around the base of my roses to protect the bud union or the base of the rose.
In January, most of the leaves will have fallen off my roses. Those that remain will be stripped away and I will clear the beds of any fallen leaves and debris.
I will spray a generous amount of Lime Sulphur spray on the entire plant and the surrounding beds. This will kill any remaining fungus spores left over from the summer. You will start your spring growing season free of problems.
Keep those cards and letters coming!!! Chris@RedneckRosarian.com