Earn Money From Your Garden
It’s September which means the big fall yard clean up is just around the corner and depending on the size of your property the amount of yard debris that can likely accumulate is probably very high.
That’s why a creative way to make it worth your while is taking clippings from various plants, repotting, and selling them.
If this sounds like a great DIY project for you and your family rose bushes are the perfect example of a popular landscaping plant others would want. After all, everyone loves roses and when you already have a few bushes growing in the yard multiplying them is fairly simple.
When it comes to roses most experts say the best time for general pruning is the spring, however, during the late fall just after the first frost (yet before the extreme cold arrives) many varieties, especially the larger ones, will benefit greatly from being trimmed to about two thirds their size.
The reason is that during harsh weather the bushes can whip back and forth damaging themselves and if the one butts against a home’s wooden shingles a good house painter may be needed for repairs.
So if you have rose bushes that need pruning this fall and are interested in trying to repot the clippings for sale here are a few things to consider.
First of all, remember you are trying to make a few bucks and have little if any expenses along the way. Part of this is having an eco-friendly mindset for certain steps like reusing two liter plastic soda bottles and other types of containers instead of buying pots. The only thing you may have to purchase is some kind of rooting fertilizer and potting soil if there isn’t enough earth by your home.
Second, you’ll need sharp pruning tools to make smooth forty-five degree angle slices, as jagged cuts make healing difficult and leave branches with greater susceptibility to disease.
Third, survey the bushes to see what you have to work with avoiding dead or diseased looking branches and focusing on the newer healthier ones from this season. Select branches close to 10 inches long where the bottom is just above a bud, as leaving the bud in place is important if you want the bushes to grow in the spring.
Finally, don’t worry about making a mistake as the pruning process takes some getting used to and it’s highly unlikely you will end up killing the bush since pruning is a good thing as it helps plants redistribute energy to other parts which need it more.
Eventually you’ll be comfortable enough to practice on other forms of vegetation, take pride in your yard flourishing with new vigor, and hopefully have a few extra bucks in your pocket for a rainy day.
Jakob Barry writes for Networx.com. He covers various eco-friendly home improvement topics including landscaping and how to transplant shrubs and roses .
Photo Credit: Yvonne in Willowick Ohio