To keep our roses healthy we need to control rose pests. To do this most effectively we need a simple rose pest management program. We will try to help you do this for no-one wants rose pests to damage their beautiful rose garden, do they?
The first step is to identify the problem. This means keeping a simple record of what pests are enjoying your roses with you!
Make a list and then try to find out a little about the particular creature.
Finding all you can about the problem will lead you to several possible responses, hopefully one that is non-toxic.
To simplify all that:
We can help you do all these things, but first there is a even earlier step:
(before #1...)Prevent the pests in the first place!
Most literature on gardening will tell you that if the plant is healthy it is less likely to suffer the attack of rose pests. If you keep your plants healthy and vigorous, use organic fertilizer, water well and have planted them in good soil in a suitable location the incidents of rose pests and disease will be minimal.
Here are some suggestions:
Controlling rose pests includes cultural, biological and physical controls. These should all be organic but if they are not working, your last ditch effort will have to be non-toxic chemical.
Cultural controls are those we just listed: making your garden healthy and less hospitable to pests. Don't invite them in!
Biological controls interfere with a pest's life cycle or behavior, such as washing off aphid mothers before they give birth.
Physical controls are those that you impose such as cups of beer to catch slugs or picking off green caterpillars with your fingers.