Spring Garden Tips

Roses Problems

Black Spot

There are spots on my roses. How can I get rid of this problem?

Black Spot

In the spring, my roses were full of leaves and had a lot of blossoms. This year the leaves have spots, turn yellow and fall off. Some dry up, turn gray and curl up. There is new growth on the bare stems and at the base of the plant, so I know it isn't dead.


I have had problems with rose borers in the past. I am planning on purchasing new shrub roses and want to avoid this problem.


We have bush type roses that grow on the south side of our home. Over the past few years we have noticed they are becoming infested with some type of pest that creates pods on the stem. It seems to suck the life out of that stem and moves on to another. Inside these pods are worms. We have done some dusting in the past, with little luck. We trim out the infested stems, but it seems as this is becoming a losing battle, as more appear. What are these little pests and how can we be rid of them?

Botrytis Blight

My rose bush is producing lots of buds. Many of the buds turn brown and never fully open. What can I do to fix this problem?

Change in Flower

When my rosebush came down with spot and aphids, I cut off the affected leaves and gave the plant a dose of systemic rose care. Now the flowers are like tea roses, with no fragrance. It's almost as if they changed species. How can I get my old roses back?

Change in Flower Color

Our rose bush had burnt orange blossoms for 7 years. This year, we have dark red roses growing on the same bush. It also seems that it hasn't grown as tall.


My old fashioned "farmer" roses have developed growths on their stems and even on their roots. I think they are called "galls." Is there anything that can be used to kill this disease? I have cut out the damaged stems and roots but it seems to spread nevertheless.

Homemade Remedies

Are there any good homemade remedies for controlling bugs and diseases on roses?

Leaf Cutter Bee

My lilac is having problems. There are holes along the edges of the leaves that look like someone went through with a hole punch, they're all nearly perfect. I didn't see any little critters.

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