You know I’ve been fighting rose rosette in my garden. Last weekend, I begged, cajoled and exhorted my husband to help me remove both ‘New Dawn’ roses. Due to this horrible disease, these animals, who once took down an arbor with their sheer abundance, were mere shadows of their former selves.
Rose rosette is often referred to as the AIDS of roses. It is definitely fatal to whichever rose it decides to inhabit. The problem is when you grow monster roses, they are devilish hard to remove from the soil. It took three four things to get these babies out of the ground:
- 31-inch Power Gear Fiskars Loppers. I use these on every big job and not because I write articles for Fiskars on their website. I bought two different sizes of these loppers several years ago, and when I wear them out, I will buy more. I like them a lot.
- The Troy-Bilt pole saw. Although they have sent me other products in the past like their electric trimmer to review, Troy-Bilt hasn’t in a while. I bought this saw because it can reach into trees and made quick work of ‘New Dawn’ no. 2. It is an attachment in a line of very good tools which clip onto one model trimmer’s pole.
- Bear Wallow Protector gloves. Over a month ago, the very nice Bear Wallow people asked if I would review their gloves. I said yes because they appeared well made, and they are. They are definitely designed for pruning, not digging, with very soft, but tough leather palms and fingers and even tougher rawhide gauntlets. If you want them to last, they should not be used to dig in the ground, and if I were designing them, I would put reinforced tips on the fingers, but that’s just me. I love how soft they are, and how those gauntlets protected me against ‘New Dawn’ and her thorny struggle. These gloves kept me scratch free and with over 90 roses, that is a good thing. They are very well made for their price of $44.95.
- A six foot, all metal pry bar. You can buy them at any box store, and Bill says everyone should have one. He’s right.
I know that’s four, but Bill reminded me of the pry bar. It took over two hours to dig up both roses. Because I couldn’t get every root (some stretched through both long beds, I won’t be planting roses here again. According to the most current information, rose rosette doesn’t inhabit the soil, but it remains in roses’ roots. Just something to consider. I mourned them a bit, but I also see this as an opportunity. I think something tall and evergreen should go on each side of this tall arbor. Any suggestions?