How to Prepare Soil for Roses

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The best soil for roses is a good mix of potting soil, organic material, compost and clippings to offer good nutrition and drainage. Plant roses in a raised flower bed with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on garden plants.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to prepare soil for roses. Now roses will grow right in the ground or right in containers and when you're preparing the soil you got to remember they love good drainage. They don't want to sit and mock. So you want to build up a raise bed if you're going into the ground or build up a container. So the trick is, on the very bottom layer don't put the dirt down, put rocks, sticks, moss; any types of organic materials that are going to break down. So even on the container I like to put something on the bottom so there's good drainage and not just soil so the pot is not quite as heavy either. And roses love good potting soil, organic material; it's a mix. It has to be aged. You want just straight grass clippings; you want them to be aged so that they've turned into soil. And you want a mix of leaves and pine needles and sand and compost and everything mixed together and then you'll have really good soil for your roses. And again, if they're getting too wet, build them up and then that way your roses will do really well and you can enjoy them for many years.

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