Growing healthy roses mean to have the best rose gardening tools for your flowers at hand
Sometimes when I visit other gardeners or neighbors, I am amazed to find rusty and dull rose pruners or other tools left disregarded somewhere in a corner. Sometimes when needed they come into operation and, of course, will not work properly.
Rose care means to have proper rose gardening tools and to care for them. It does not make sense to buy expensive tools and leave them weeks or month outside somewhere in the garden exposed to rain and nature.
However, to have proper tools at hand is essential for the health of your flowers.
Here is my list of essential tools for Rosarians and why and what for you need them.
Needless to say that this list is not complete, because being a rose gardener means primarily to be a gardener and you will certainly have normal garden tools too.
Starting with a very basic “tool” and what you always should wear when working in your garden are gloves.
Whenever you have tried to care for your roses and did not wear gloves, I know that you got hurt by thorns or other spiky items. Sometimes it just hurts a little bit, but more often an inflammation will occur, and apart from pain, we do not want that.
Abrasions or even bare skin come into contact with manure, spray chemicals or even garden dirt will cause infection which we easily can avoid by wearing gardening gloves.
Many rose gardeners consider leather gloves a most have, but you can choose among several types of gloves depending on the task.
Hand shears are a must-have for pruning roses. There are three different types of shears such as bypass shears, anvil shears, and the ratchet type.
Most frequent hand pruners are the bypass one. They have a curved blade that slides by a second blade and makes a clean cut.
The anvil pruners are better for thicker canes with two sharp blades, and they cut like a knife but tend to crush the stems.
The ratchet pruner is a kind of anvil pruner but gives a cleaner cut and can be used with less exertion.
Find one that fits in your hand and is made from high quality. Good pruners may be taken apart and can be cleaned easily.
Felco, a Swiss made one, is well known in the rose gardening community and certainly one of the best, although not the cheapest brand.
Loppers are used to cut larger stems on well-established rose gardens.
They are shears with long handles for a better leverage and it is easier to reach into thorny bushes without getting hurt.
Cutting thick stems with loppers have the advantage that you do not damage the plants.
They come with the same three types as hand pruning rose gardening tools and I prefer the ratchet type for easier pruning.
Large toothed pruning saws with extra-long handles are perfect tools for pruning climbing roses and tall bushes.
A small hand pruning saw is always good to have at hand for thick stems or for stubs, which cannot be cut by loppers.
Spraying tools for roses could fill an own chapter, nevertheless some tools are essential for rosarians.
For organic gardeners, a long hose with an adjustable nozzle to get rid of garden pests like aphids is a must have.
For gardeners who use insecticides and fungicides, wearing protective clothing including goggles, a hat, boots and nitrile gloves is a must.
Those with small gardens may get along with spray bottles provided by most suppliers for insecticides and fungicides, but organic gardeners and those with larger gardens should use hand-pumped or battery-powered sprayers with a minimum of two gallons.
Of course, other small tools such as measuring cups can be useful for spraying, but always keep in mind that dealing with chemical sprays the most important task is caution.
Of course we need other tools like shovels, a wheelbarrow or rakes. You can read about it in the chapter essential garden tools.