Lifestyle ideas: Rose-killing virus, decorating with moss

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV's lifestyle guru Chris Olsen with Botanica Gardens stopped by "THV 11 This Morning" to share some great information about caring for your roses and a fun way to decorate with moss.

    The Death of Roses

    Sad but true. A very devastating disease is affecting all cultivators of roses. This virus is called rose rosette virus. It spreads by way of a little mite. When the mite bites into the rose plant the virus spreads and will usually kill the plant. Even Knock Out Roses that are very disease resistant can be affected by this rose. What to do? There are not sprays that will control this disease so you have two options.
    1. Prune out canes as soon as they begin to show symptoms an hope the virus has not infected the whole plant.
    2. Once the plant shows symptoms remove and destroy.

    Luckily, this disease does not live in the soil. Therefore, carefully remove the infected plant even the rot system. Then soon you can plant a new rose again.

    Moss It: Moss covered anything! 

    It is truly amazing what you can do with sheet moss and a glue gun! You can choose just about anything around your home and cover it with sheet moss. Here are just a few ideas for indoor or outdoor use. Cover a mirror preferably one with a medium to wide size frame with sheet moss. Simply hot glue pieces of moss to the frame. You may choose to leave a bit of the frame exposed or cover it completely! Add some embellishments like broken pottery for texture and that added detail.

    Another idea is a lamp, yes a lamp! You may find any size lamps at garage sales or shop your home for one you may no longer be enjoying. Again, simply hot glue sheet moss over the base of the lamp. Add anything you may like to enhance the look such as shells or small rocks. Do you have any clear glass vases you really don't use? Try hot gluing the moss around the vase to add a fun layer of detail for your next get together!

    -Sheet moss
    -Hot glue gun/ hot glue
    -Any accessory around the house

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