Roses benefit from an early spring pruning and the removal of dead canes. Feed your roses with organic Rose Tone fertilizer, a water-soluble fertilizer such as Peters or Miracle Gro, or apply a slow release fertilizer to the area like Osmocote. Stop feeding roses in mid-August in order for them to slow their growth before frost.
Clean up all leaves and debris from around the plants in fall, since dead foliage can harbor pests and fungal spores that induce disease. For winter protection, it is advisable to build a mound of mulch or soil around the graft. Remove the winter mulch in spring.