Rose trimming was always a point of confusion in my house. My mom always meant to trim the rose bushes in the spring; but, if she had more time in the fall, she would deem the fall the appropriate time of year. Then there were those ever-more-common instances where she was frustrated by the size and legginess of her rose bushes in the middle of June and she would begin to chop, leaving the yard riddled with bright pink blooms.
This process seemed a bit too haphazard for my regimented lifestyle. But a quick google search proved my mom was not the only one with rose trimming issues. Every other gardening website had a different suggested date for when to trim rose bushes. While not everyone agrees on the subject, it is safe to trim in the spring, before the rose pushes out new growth. Some experts suggest looking for the forsythia’s bloom as a sign for when to trim. This is a great visual reminder.
To trim the bush, remember to use sharp instruments, so your cuts aren’t ragged. Cut at a 45° angle and remove all woody, spindly and otherwise dead-looking branches. Prune from the base of the plant and move your way up. Be sure to remove any leftover leaves from the previous season.
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