> The old owners of my house planted four small rose bushes and we want to
> move them.
> The bushes are only single stem, mabe two two stem, and about 3 feet
> high. How does somebody move these? How deep are the roots? what to
Roses need FULL SUN. Since you a little further North than I, notice where the sun hits during the day, esp. in winter when it is low in the sky. Don't plant there if you can help it.
Roses should move OK provided you prepare the future area carefully.
What is the soil like in their future home? Is it clay, loam, what?
Is it on a slope or on level ground?
Does it collect standing water from rain?
Is there anything growing there now that you need to remove?
If so, do the outgoing plants have deep roots you need to dig out?
Re: Feeding, ***DO NOT fertilize immediately upon moving.*** Let them settle in for several months. You can help them get a start by use a transplant medium, available in any nursery or homeowner store. READ THE LABEL. Do not overdose. Or see my home-made transplant mix below.
Do not move in the heat of the day. Very early morning, or evening.
Make a little dam around the drip line (outside extent of leaves) Water in slowly and gently.
When I transplant bushes/shrubs/roses, I make a mix of worm castings (great stuff!) home-made (or store) compost, and vermiculite or perlite. The latter two, as you may know, are volcanic stuff which lightens the soil; makes it less dense; permits oxygen to enter. READ THE LABELS.
Dig out roses to be moved deep and carefully so as not to cut roots too much. A little won't hurt. Watering (not too much) in advance might make it easier IF ground is dry. Take as much root ball with you as possible (unless the soil in new area is radically different).
> Many good Web sites to take you through whole process. Always note/specify your area.