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How to keep roses healthy during a drought
How to keep roses healthy during a drought

Southern California may be in the midst of a drought, but that doesn't mean your roses have to go. "Roses are sustainable," says Linda McKendry, a Hidden Hills-based garden designer who specializes in rose gardens. "Historically in California, you'll find old roses in cemeteries where they've been surviving for years." McKendry and other experts say lack of precipitation will reduce the number of flowers your roses produce this season, but it won't kill them. Here are their tips for helping your garden roses endure — organically. Insulate with mulch: Southern California's rosarians are unanimous in their belief that a layer of mulch...