It's time to Prune your Roses
This time of year, when the weather is cooler, is the best time to prune your rose bushes.
Every garden loves a rose bush or two in the garden, and roses have something for everyone. Beautiful colours with small or large flowers, you can choose the perfect rose bush for your garden.
In order to make sure your rose bush only provides the best blooms it is important that they receive a yearly pruning to trim the stems and keep the bushes compact.
Why you should prune roses
Apart from giving you more flowers, rose bushes that are pruned on a yearly basis will also extend the life of a rose bush and prevent it from getting to straggly. Pruning also helps to remove dead or diseased stems and thereby reduces fungal infections.
Only prune when it's cold
Wherever you live, the best time to prune roses is when it's cold but also when there is no frost. You want to prune rose bushes when they are dormant and produce no new buds, as the cold weather helps prevent infection of the cuts from becoming infected.
Best tools for pruning
Pruning shears – In the garden, and especially when pruning roses, your garden shears are the best tool to use. The blades should be sharp.
Gloves – To protect your hands from scratches you'll need a good pair of gardening gloves. Besides protecting your hands, they'll also help you keep a better grip on your shears.
Best way to prune roses
All varieties of rose bushes should have dead, diseased or inward-facing stems cut away and all their suckers trimmed off. Suckers are new shoots that have sprouted at the base of the plant and these drain essential food and water.
When pruning or trimming, it is important to ensure your cuts are angled towards the ground. This allows rainwater to run off the plant better and to give the cuts a chance to heal quickly. Ideally, you should aim to cut above an outward-facing bud eye, which is a bud that hasn't developed fully and will later develop into a flower.
Control rambling roses
Rambling, or climbing roses are fast-growing roses that can climb up trees or be trained to cover garden structures. These roses do not require an intensive pruning, only to remove dead or diseased shoots in spring.
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