Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What if I have an existing flowerbed and I cannot incorporate the expanded shale and compost without disturbing the root systems of other plants?
Answer: Add two inches of fully decomposed plant based compost to the bed (over existing mulch in necessary) and water it in well. Repeat every spring and fall for two years. Keep the beds top dressed with 3 inches of organic mulch year round. This process will feed the microorganisms in the soil and increase microbial activity as well as open up the soil and improve fertility and drainage.
Question: When is the best time to fertilize my roses?
Answer: The goal of EARTH-KIND® is a low maintenance landscape. After planting roses in soil prepared as directed, roses do not require additional fertilization, but mulch does need to be maintained at the recommended level of 3”.
Question: Do I need to rake back the mulch and cultivate the soil around my roses?
Answer: No, just add mulch to keep the level at 3”.
Question: Why are the edges of the leaves turning brown?
Answer: There is a moisture problem. The roots are either dry or too wet.
Question: I have some powdery mildew, should I spray?
Answer: No, EARTH-KIND® roses are genetically tolerant of disease and will develop new leaves as conditions change.
Question: I am seeing blackspots on the leaves of my EARTH-KIND® roses, do I need to spray?
Answer: Don’t spray. Water from bottom and keep leaves as dry as possible. When the weather changes, they will take off and produce new leaves.
Question: I have aphids, should I spray?
Answer: No, the genetics of EARTH-KIND® roses is so strong they can resist pests.
Question: The EARTH-KIND® I have in a pot has black spot problems, what can I do?
Answer: Since it is in a pot, you can move it around to allow more air circulation.
Question: When do I prune?
Answer: The only reason to prune EARTH-KIND® roses is to control size. Spring is probably the best time, but it doesn’t matter much. They are strong and can withstand the pruning most any time.
Question: Do you prune the climbers?
Answer: Every few years you can prune lightly and tie up. Cut limbs shorter than desired size. For example, if you want it to be at 6’, cut back to 4’ and let it grow back. Since there is no need to be exact, this can be done with power tools. Always prune out any damaged or diseased wood.
Question: I planted perennials under my roses, but they have gotten extremely large. Do I need to move them?
Answer: They need to be moved if they are blocking air flow. All roses need good air flow to prevent disease.
Question: How far back do I trim when I deadhead?
Answer: EARTH-KIND® roses are self cleaning so they don’t actually have to be deadheaded. If you do trim them, cut back to a leaf with five petals. Or cut longer stems if you are cutting flowers for the house.
Question: How often should I water my roses?
Answer: EARTH-KIND® roses are very drought tolerant. Don’t water on a regular schedule. Use your finger to check soil and water when it is dry to a depth of 1”.
Question: EarthKind Roses are supposed to be mulched after I have planted them. What kind of mulch do I use?
Answer: Dr. George recommends any chipped wood from your area. Mulch is used on top of the soil, only; otherwise it will tie up nitrogen. There is no need to be concerned about weed seeds, because mulch is not a good seeding medium.
Question: EarthKind roses are said to be very strong and healthy. What makes them better than some other roses?
Answer: EarthKind roses are genetically strong and have passed the extensive testing program.