Originally Posted by professional
Something I learned years ago and has been successful is the use of pine needles for winter protection. I gather them from clients properties in the fall as part of my fall cleanups and use them around the roses of other clients. Recycle. Pine needles do not hold much moisture while helping moderate ground temps around the roses. Maybe eight to ten inches deep and about 12" around. They also stay put real well. Remove them mid-March.
Geez what a great idea! Thanks.