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

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 It appears the voles did not harm the crowns so your roses should sprout nicely.