Bulk Mulch: If you have more than 50 rose bushes, you might want to consider buying your mulch in bulk from a local soil company. Gromulch can be purchased in bulk container boxes from home improvement stores and some nurseries. Shredded newspaper is probably the least expensive type of mulch, although it is not particularly attractive. You can. In zone 6, that should have been buried a couple of inches below soil level when planted in order to protect the grafted variety (assuming that it is grafted).
Yes, you can mulch. I just dumped a few bags in my garden today, will get to spreading it out tomorrow.
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Another type of mulch to use with roses is cedar mulch. I have found that shredded cedar mulch stays put okay for me in the very windy times and can be fluffed up and around a bit during the season to keep it looking nice. The shredded cedar mulch can be easily moved back with a rake and granular feedings conducted.
Roses do best with uniform soil moisture throughout the growing season. The use of mulch around roses to help retain soil moisture is a practice that is highly encouraged. Mulch will also help keep soils cool and help retard weed growth. Materials such as wood chips, straw, or dry grass clippings make good mulches.