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On the Down the Garden Path Radio Show and Podcast, landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens, and landscapes.

Joanne and Matthew believe it's important and possible to have great gardens that are low maintenance.

Each week, they educate their listeners on how to seasonally manage their gardens and landscapes. Joanne and Matt learn right along with their listeners, from each other, from their research, and from the many guests who join them on their show. 

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Oct 12, 2021

In this episode of Down the Garden Path, landscape designers Matthew Dressing and Joanne Shaw discuss how to keep your roses protected all winter long. Different roses require varying levels of care and protection. Listen to this week's podcast for tips on keeping your roses growing beautifully every year.

Tune in to learn more about how you can best protect your roses over the winter months.

  • What are the types of roses?
    • Hybrid tea, floribunda, grandiflora, shrub roses (knock out roses), carpet roses, miniature
  • What are some ways you can protect your roses for the winter?
    • Learn how to mound your roses for the winter.
    • What is a rose cone? Is it better than mounding a rose?
    • What are some ways you can protect your rose from rodents and rabbits?
  • When should you wake up your roses for the season?
  • How should you prune each rose in the spring for its best start?
  • How can you protect your roses from pests and diseases like Japanese beetles and black spot
  • Answers to your frequently asked questions about climbing roses
  • How much sun do roses really need to be successful?
  • Learn the importance of confirming the size of the mature rose bush and leaving space for it to grow; this allows for good air circulation.
  • It's okay to remove a struggling rose bush and replace it with a more disease-resistant variety.

Past shows:

Japanese Beetles
Applying Nematodes

About Your Hosts

Each week on Down The Garden Path podcast, professional landscape designers Joanne Shaw and Matthew Dressing discuss down-to-earth tips and advice for your plants, gardens and landscapes.

As the owner of Down2Earth Landscape Design, Joanne Shaw has been designing beautiful gardens for homeowners east of Toronto for over a decade.

And Matthew Dressing is a horticulturist and landscape designer. He owns Natural Affinity Garden Design, a landscape design and garden maintenance firm servicing Toronto and the Eastern GTA. Together, Joanne and Matthew do their best to bring you interesting, relevant and helpful topics. Their goal is to help you keep your garden as low maintenance as possible.