Rose bushes

Asked April 11, 2016, 11:41 AM EDT

I have or had 4 rather large rose bushes that I covered as I always do every winter. This year I took the cones off and I was completely shocked, 2 bushes are completely gone. The other 2 look as though something had ate them bark and all. If you look close enough you can even see teeth marks in them. I was told that maybe it was voles. Could this be possible it's never ever happened before in all my years growing roses. Please help
Tina

Washington County Minnesota roses voles

1 Response

I do not use cones since they tend to provide homes for voles plus they do not breath resulting in mold. For winter protection see http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/flowers/roses-protecting-for-winter/. It appears the voles did not harm the crowns so your roses should sprout nicely.