Roses and Gravel Mulch?

roses and gravel mulch

Cindy wrote in asking about using gravel as a mulch around rose plants:

“I was thinking of planting a line of knock out roses along the edge of the woods on my property. I wanted to line the bed with white gravel instead of mulch. Do you see any problem with this?”

Personally I wouldn’t use a gravel mulch around roses. The reason being is that they absorb heat and can get very hot in summer and adversely affect the the fine-haired feeder roots that sit close to the surface as well as make the area under and around the rose hotter, resulting in increased transpiration (water loss through the leaves). Read more »