Adding Grass Clippings and Roses Directly to Flower Beds

by C.J.
(Norwalk, Ca.)

My rose beds already have compost and many earth worms working for me. I also use compost tea as a drench. Would adding grass clippings and old rose flowers help feed my worms? C

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How Do Your Roses Look?
by: Dave

Hi C.J.,

How do your roses look? Are they under a lot of pest pressure or are they thriving?

Are your beds already mulched? If so, what does it consist of?

A mulch layer is usually a good idea in most gardens, especially, if your soul desire is to feed your worms, but...if your roses are not healthy, I would start by conducting a few different soil tests (e.g. sedimentation test, ribbon test, and base saturation) instead of worrying about feeding your worms.

If your roses are doing well, which it sounds like they are, you can either add the grass clippings and spent roses to the beds directly or compost them and then add that to the beds.

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