Soil for Knockout Roses

TheGardenLady received this question from Pat:

I am getting ready to plant Knockout Roses in my garden in northern South Carolina, and wonder how to best prepare the soil? We have very dense red clay mixed with some sand. Any recommendations on how to get these roses off to their best start in this type of soil?

Sorry it took so long to get back to you with a response, but TheGardenLady went right to one the sources of KnockOut Roses (see here) to get you the answer. I added a link to Permatill, a product mentioned in this column.

Here is the advice from a spokesperson for Novalis Plants that Work:

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What Planting Zone Is Toms River?

TheGardenLady received this question from Beth:

What planting zone is Toms River in? By the maps it appears to be inbetween 6 and 7.

Toms River is in Zone 7. The newest hardiness Zone Map clearly shows this.

In another location of the arborday.org site, it specifically shows Toms River as Zone 7.  See here.

To understand how these maps are made you can read the information on the American Horticultural Society site that also has a map that can be downloaded or bought.  See here.

And always consider contacting the Toms River, NJ local Master Gardener helpline at 732 349 1245- in the Toms River Area they are open from 9am-12noon during the week.