I have always pruned my own roses. I like to prune lightly and I always prune to an outside eye.
My roses have grown well and I always buy a few new ones each year so my rose bushes have grown considerably both in number and in size.
Not surprisingly, when pruning time came around this year, the prospect of pruning them myself was a little daunting.
In the past, I have always spread my rose pruning over a few days – a system that made my job a lot easier. But the downside is that it affects the blooming time if you prune at different times. This year I didn’t want to stagger the pruning as I want to have a big flush of roses in October.
In addition to this, my Mr Lincoln has grown to an enormous height – about 17 -20 feet and the canes are not canes but veritable tree trunks. The thought of pruning this monster was more than a little daunting.
So these are all my reasons for deciding to call in: Read more →
It’s often tricky to decide what is the best time to start pruning your roses.
When to prune roses depends on so many things: the weather, the location, the variety of rose and so on.
But as a rule of thumb, I generally wait till the end of July until the danger of late frosts is past. During July, you never can be quite sure of the weather.
The problem with pruning too early is that the new growth is very tender and frost can kill off all the baby leaf shoots overnight and that would be a setback for the rose bush, causing die-back and a host of other problems.
Optimally, it’s best to prune just before the roses feel the first growing surge of spring. As you know, gardening has a lot to do with feeling! Read more →