How to Cover a Large Satellite Dish With Climbing Roses


Besides decorating a flowerbed, climbing roses can hide items that cannot be moved, such as the old, large satellite dishes. Unlike other climbing flowers, roses do not produce tendrils and cling to items by themselves. Climbing roses, such as the Cecile Brunner, which grows as long as 20 feet, produce long canes. You can secure these roses to supports, fence rails, pergolas or porch rails.

Step 1

Prepare the ground under the satellite dish at least two weeks before planting the climbing rose. Dig up the soil 2 feet deep by 2 feet wide and remove grass, weeds, rocks and other garden debris. Put the soil in a wheelbarrow or on a tarpaulin and mix in equal amounts of compost or decayed manure. If the soil is heavy clay, add an equal amount of peat moss. Fill the hole with the amended soil. Save any leftover amended soil in a plastic bag or covered container to use when planting the rose.

Step 2

Prepare the satellite dish for the rose. Cover the surface with chicken wire, using plastic cable ties to secure it. Trim any sharp edges on the chicken wire to prevent injury to the rose or humans.

Step 3

Plant the rose when the temperature is past all danger of freeze. Select the planting site on the side of the satellite dish that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Dig a hole that is 2 feet wide and 2 feet deep. Place the soil in a wheelbarrow or on a tarpaulin and mix in the saved soil.

Step 4

Fill the hole half full with the soil mixture. Add water until the hole is filled. Mix the water and the soil mixture until it resembles a slurry.

Step 5

Place the climbing rose in the slurry mixture. Hold the rose so that the bud union--the area where the rose’s roots meet the canes--is at ground level. Add more soil mixture to the slurry until the hole is filled and the soil is firm. Tamp the soil down gently; if it indents more than a few inches, add more soil mixture.

Step 6

Spread a 2-inch layer of mulch around the rose, covering the bud union. Mound the mulch to form a circular dam about 1 foot away from the rose. This will retain the water while the rose is settling into the ground. After the rose sprouts red leaves--a sign of new growth--gradually remove the mulch from the rose, leaving it to cover the ground under the plant.

Step 7

Secure the growing canes to the chicken wire on the satellite dish using plastic cable ties. Depending upon the size of the satellite dish, you may need a ladder to reach the upper edge.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear gardening gloves to protect hands from rose thorns.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow or tarpaulin
  • Compost or decayed manure
  • Peat moss
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Plastic cable ties
  • Covered container or plastic trash bags
  • Mulch
  • Ladder (optional)
  • Gardening gloves


  • "Botanica’s Roses"; William A. Grant, Chief Consultant; 2000
  • "Roses for the Smaller Garden"; Mark Mattock; 2001
  • North Carolina State University: Cecile Brunner Climbing Rose

Who Can Help

  • Alabama Cooperative Extension Center: Growing Roses
Keywords: climbing rose, satellite dish, growing roses

About this Author

After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written more than 2,000 articles for publications, including "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s New York Times best-selling "Resolve." After 17 years of homeschooling her five children, Dean discovered that motherhood doesn’t stop with an empty nest.