Rose Shurb/Bush Questions

Just moved into a new home with several Rose Shrubs/Bushes in the yard. Live in Texas, and they get plenty of sun light. I have no idea what type they are, how to take care/maintain them, prune, or what to do. There are a few blooms, but also many dead and overgrown parts. I fed them the other day with some miracle grow rose food. Please help.
rose shurb bush questions, gardening
rose shurb bush questions, gardening
rose shurb bush questions, gardening
rose shurb bush questions, gardening
rose shurb bush questions, gardening
rose shurb bush questions, gardening
rose shurb bush questions, gardening
rose shurb bush questions, gardening
  13 answers
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Jun 10, 2012
    This article will give you a head start. My grandfather was a Rose Gardener extraordinaire....he spent many years perfecting his craft....unfortunately he passed away ages ago before I could extract all of his tricks. I live at near 9000 feet in the Rockies and our winter are a bit to harsh for most kinds....we do have a few wild ones in the yard But they only bloom for a few weeks each year.

  • Amanda H Amanda H on Jun 10, 2012
    I think cleaning the area around the bases of the bushes, eliminating the weeds and mulching around them will help. It will make it so they are not competing with the grass for nutrients.

  • Jan C Jan C on Jun 10, 2012
    I agree, pull all weeds and grass from around the base, it looks like there was a bed line at one time, and mulch at least 3" deep to protect and preserve water at the base of the plants. Then cut off any dead, hard wood stalks. You could even just prune them down to waist height, and with the mulch and regular watering, I'd think they would come back beautiful. Also, Home Depot/Lowes carries books on Roses (or check out a book at the library) and it should show you exactly how to prune and what parts to remove, as well as the best time of year to prune and reshape. Good Luck and congrats on the new house!

  • Michelle H Michelle H on Jun 10, 2012
    The best advice/person to look to would be Neil Sperry. He has studied Texas gardening for many many years and is always so helpful when asked any questions as long as you give your location - TX being so large just knowing the type of plant doesn't always mean when you should prune them :) If you have a facebook page you can look him up by name there, you can also go to his website at Good luck!

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jun 11, 2012
    There's an Austin Rose Society, which lists summer and winter care tips on its web site:

  • Peg Peg on Aug 14, 2013
    It's not just the rose plant itself that needs nurturing, the soil needs just as much attention. If you clean up the weeds and unwanted plants in the beds, get some good mulch in there, be generous with it and make sure they have moist, not soggy, soil, they should bounce back. A sick plant will be prone to diseases and pests. You want to get them back to a healthy condition.

    • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Aug 14, 2013
      @Peg absolutely agree with you. Those appear to be Tea roses and they just need some TLC and decent soil to grow in. They'll be gorgeous in bloom. Well worth the effort.

  • Gen Gen on Aug 29, 2013
    Prune your roses in the early Spring or later Winter for tea roses. Cut them 4' from the ground. Roses like water but not standing water. Since Japanese beetles and worms love roses, I usually spray them with insecticide like Sevin liquid and dilute it with water. Spray them as they are just starting to produce leaves (light spray only) then spray when they form their buds. Check them everyday for insects, especially Japanese beetles.

  • Marie S Marie S on Oct 07, 2013
    William, you have a lot of answers, they are all good, I am here on Vancouver Island, BC. I also would use a soap spray if you don't want to use chemical if you have kids, animals. I also plant strong smelling plants, garlic, onions along with my Marigold, Zinnas's. The one rose bush may be a climbing rose.

  • Sandra Little Sandra Little on Dec 07, 2013
    I live in TX also. They look like knock out Roses. They are in a bush, very easy to grow needs little care. We prune in Oct. and Feb.

  • Small Talk Mama Small Talk Mama on Feb 26, 2014
    Poor little things. . . I glad you plan to nurse them back to health.

  • Alisa W Alisa W on Feb 26, 2014
    I live in Huntsville TX. I pruned my roses back to about 12" from the ground the weekend after Valentines. I clean around the base and give a good food. Don't forget to cut off the dead branches. Google how to prune so you prune at the right place for proper growth habits.

  • Sandra Little Sandra Little on Feb 27, 2014
    They look like knock out roses. I agree go to the rose website