I need your advice regarding using a tool disinfectant. Wondering why a weird "witches' broom" cropped up in one of my Coral Drift rose bushes, I received, in the same week, my Virginia Gardener magazine (I think this was the magazine-could have been Fine Gardening too). Horror! Seems there is a mite that spreads a dreaded virus amongst carefree roses (!) that does this exact thing - and you have to just dig up the shrub and carefully destroy it in a plastic bag.
(I cut that weird "witches' broom" and put it in two plastic bags and right into my trash can.)
The article mentioned that it is spread easily with a pruning tool that is not disinfected between bushes. ACK! Guilty as charged! So now, I ask for your help. Thank you in advance!
And, so much for "carefree roses." This mite is increasing with the increased use of these landscape (and multiflora) roses. I sure hope I do not have these critters - because I am very concerned about my heirloom roses now!