Tips and Tasks  
Roses bloom on and off from spring through the fall. The summer is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of a rose. But as the saying goes, every rose has its thorn, and in some cases that thorn might be potential disease that could wipe out your plant.

In some pest and disease situations you can use natural intervention before turning to chemical intervention. Observation can be your best key to keeping your roses healthy. If you notice mites or aphids on your rose bushes you can use water pressure to knock them off while also giving your roses a nice drink. Making sure the plant stays clean is great prevention. If you must use chemical intervention, make sure you’re selective in what you use. Using them strictly based on the instruction is important to ensure that you don’t kill or damage bugs that can help to protect your plants.

Some diseases that can commonly infect roses include Black Spot, Powdery Mildew, Stem Canker and Dieback and Botrytis Blight to name a few. Many of the diseases commonly found on rose plants include some type of fungus and can appear in different forms such as: gray-brown fuzzy growth, grayish white powdery substance on the surfaces of leaves, shoots and buds, circular black spots on leaves with yellow outer ring.

Keep an eye out for these symptoms for diseases as some can arise after long periods of wet environments, and with our typically rainy summers in the Mountains, it is something to think about!