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Over head watering and roses

Posted by SouthCountryGuy SE BC 4b-5a (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 6, 13 at 12:09

I know I could put this on the Roses forum but we have enough extremely knowledge people in our community I thought I would start here.

I am planning on putting in an island next year to fill with roses. The location that I want it in would make watering the lawn on one side if it very challenging (well expensive) if I don't spray over the planned rose bed. The lawn is watered every second day in the hot summer and in the spring and fall I manually turn on the system as needed.

Everything I have read suggests that spraying over the roses is very bad for them. But most of the people I got this info from are in humid climates. I am the exact opposite. What are your thoughts? I can't afford to do both the extra irrigation and the roses. After seeing North's nice gardens and not noticing any irrigation to avoid spraying the beds while watering the grass has given me some hope.



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RE: Over head watering and roses

My climate isn't even as dry as it was when I was a kid, but I honestly don't get the diseases everyone else complains about in roses. I totally overhead water all the time. I don't know exactly what the difference is but I've challenged my climate by growing notorious disease magnets, and not had the problems. My roses have a couple of spots of rust this year, and I occasionally see powdery mildew, but never blackspot.

RE: Over head watering and roses

Thanks North. I really want to put this garden in such a bad way. There is so much information out there on each side it is mind boggling. Think I might go for it.


RE: Over head watering and roses

Mine just get watered along with the lawn using a regular sprinkler - it`s so dry here I never have a problem with blackspot or mildew.

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