Rose Care


Black Magic

Tuscan Sun


Here are some tips on growing roses from Cal Glaspie, our Director of Technical Services

Roses have been used in extensively in landscapes throughout history for their fragrance and beauty. Through continual breeding modern roses have offered many types of unique colors and flower types to meet any gardens needs. However, with the exception of some of the hardiest varieties of rose, they often need additional care in a landscape to thrive.  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Knowing the type of rose you have is important because it dictates when to prune, whether you need to deadhead, or if you need to spray for disease. Save those plant labels!
  • Knockout roses provide an alternative to gardeners that want beautiful blooms without the hard work.
  • Have your soil tested. Roses grow best in slightly acidic soil (5.5 or 6) which is not typical for our area. Proper pH will allow the plant better access to nutrients, increase growth and flower production, and reduce the occurrence of disease.
  • Roses require moderate fertilization at the start of the season once they leaf out and after each round of blooms. Avoid excessive use of high nitrogen fertilizers and adhere to soil test results. That extra fertilizer doesn’t go into the plant, it simply washes off into the Chesapeake Bay.
  • With most roses, don’t be afraid to prune them heavily in late winter. Many roses (especially knockouts) respond well to hard pruning of their canes.
  • Don’t despair! While rose care can be extremely frustrating, especially if you are trying to grow a problem-prone variety, a cultivar that is properly selected, sited and planted can provide years of beauty with a minimum of  fuss.

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Brian came out last week to try to assess a problem we are having in our yard.  He arrived on time, was extremely courteous and took a considerable amount of time analyzing our situation.  While he was unable to reach a solution, he did take the time to research and recommend another business that might be able to help us.  That kind of customer service will make us more likely to call on Hertzler & George if other issues arise.  Thanks, Brian!


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We hired H&G to help us re-do our landscaping after a different local landscaping company did a sub par job with plant selections and installations. That company also was very hard to deal with. H&G stepped right up with Jennifer creating a new planting scheme comprising of native plants with some we had never seen before and which we love! She is extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with – a true landscaping charm! Jon did the installations and also did a fantastic job. He was very meticulous on planting and finishing the job neatly with mulch. Unlike that other company’s installer, Jon left us extremely happy with the job done. Customer service on the phone – pleasant, patient and helpful. The only, and ever so minor aspect of their work, is they don’t offer a guarantee on the plants or install. I suppose that’s becoming industry standard. However, now looking over all the plantings with a bit of time passing, I am confident that there won’t need to be any replacements. Watering is of course the key element. Thank you H&G, the country cottage landscaping we’ve wanted is now ours – FIVE STARS!

Chris Dombrowski
Ford's Colony | Homeowner

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Had these guys build a surface-grade patio in May 2023. They looked at the project, sent me a proposed scope of work and contract via email, took a deposit of 1/2 the total via bank transfer. They set a date weeks later to start the job. They showed up on time, worked professionally and cleaned up at the end of the day. Whole job took 3 days, and they even replaced all the patio furniture on the last day. The final product was precisely what I asked for, done in a high-quality, workmanlike way.

H&G are not the cheapest guys out there, but for the extra money you get a professional product, professionally executed, on time, on budget. Honestly: I don’t think it gets any better than that.


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We had an ugly uneven weedy patio and a driveway that needed reshaping and gravel. The transformation is stunning. Your representative Brian was patient and helpful in designing repairs to our satisfaction and your work crew was exceptional. Edwardo the work site foreman was extremely knowledgeable and professional and created a beautiful patio. His crew was superior.

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Hertzler and George were contracted to perform some landscaping for a seller of mine to get the home ready to show. They had just finished an extensive re-landscaping of the next door neighbors entire yard. I was very impressed by their attention to detail and their desire to satisfy their client. Joe Hertzler goes the extra mile to achieve complete client satisfaction. They provide a complete mix of landscaping design services and maintenance of existing landscaping

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Liz Moore Real Estate