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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Bed Transformation!

Once again I am very pleased with the excellent work H&G did on my property.  They turned a section of my ugly front yard with invasive Bermuda grass into a beautiful and simple flower bed with mulch and many small bushes.  This striking transformation adds greatly to the house’s curb appeal.  I look forward to them coming back out this fall and replacing the rest of the front yard with sod and removing all the undesirable Bermuda grass.  Brian was easy and pleasant to work and plan with.  He always responded to my questions immediately.  Jon and his crew were likewise very nice, efficient, and perfectionists in planting my new yard.  Many thanks and accolades to H&G once again!

Sandy Hall

So thankful to be a customer!

when i returned to williamsburg in 2022, it was a real challenge to find a company willing to take on “yet one more customer” – i was ignored and turned down by others… but hertzler and george came to my rescue and i could not be happier – wonderful staff, professional and so friendly, i completely trust them to service my yard!  merry christmas and happy new year to everyone and H&G!


Drainage Help

I would like to let you know how happy we are with the service we received recently.
We had a drainage issue in our yard and did some research, learned your company was highly recommended and decided to see what your company could do.
From the first contact, we had a great experience as the lady that answered the phone was very nice. She put us in contact with Brian Kemp who we also liked from the start, and we made an appt for him to come and take a look. He was right on time, very thorough, and just a very nice fella who we both liked right away and had confidence in. We really liked how he gave us options and listened to what we wanted. We scheduled the work, it was done right on time, and it looks great! Brian was even nice enough to do a video walk through for us afterwards as we weren’t in town. Just great service from start to finish! Thank you Brian

We will definitely be back with more projects in the future.

T.M. - Ford's Colony

Thank You

Just a short note to thank you for all the help you gave us with our garden this year. Jonathon again did a wonderful job doing the bed detailing this summer, as did the mulching crew in the spring. I don’t know the name of the woman who supervised the mulching crew, but I want to let you know how professional she was. In fact, the entire crew was pleasant to work with, especially to experience the care that they took with their work.

Thanks also for being so flexible with the changes we requested for our mowing schedule.

E.L. - Ford's Colony

Always Helpful

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!