Pruning Rose Bushes

I love it when I see a sweet little old lady or gentleman out Pruning Rose Bushes in their yard or garden. It makes me think of times that must have been happy and relaxing. Then I start thinking about my own roses and realize that I haven’t spent much time with them lately.

Of course the thoughts get moved to the back of my mind as I return to the tasks currently at hand. It isn’t until later that I remember the roses. I make a mental note that the next weekend I have to attend to my roses.
The next weekend arrives and I am on the top of my game. I have set aside some time for my roses. I love my roses and I have several varieties to provide a variety of fragrance and color throughout my garden. I gather together the necessary tools that I will need which consists of my long, heavy duty gloves to protect my arms, a pair of clean and sharp trimmers and a tarp to carry away clippings and other debris.

Some may use other items when Pruning Rose Bushes and the tools can also vary depending upon the work that needs to be done. If you are doing a basic trim, you just need a quality pair of trimmers but if it’s time to cut back the canes, you might want to bring along a pair of good loppers too. If you live in an area that has a high population of insects and/or humidity you might also want to have on hand a sealing compound to protect the ends of each cane once cut.

For my situation, my roses have been busy growing and presenting blossoms for awhile now. I have simply neglected removing the dead blossoms and removing those unwanted growths near the base and main canes. I am going to deal with the trimming as if I am getting my hair trimmed between cuts. You know what I am talking about; your hair doesn’t really need to be cut but you just need a little clean up to get you through until a cut is really needed.

Pruning Rose Bushes


Is not as difficult as it sounds; the worst part is dealing with the thorns because they can hurt if you are not careful. If you are pruning during the summer, you shouldn’t need to do much but get rid of the spent blooms and remove some of the smaller canes growing near the base to allow proper air flow through the branches. If you are Pruning Rose Bushes after growing season and to prepare for the next growing season, you will want to do a more extensive pruning.

This is when you really want to cut back the “sucker” canes and clean up the rose plant itself so that when it comes out of its dormant stage it is ready to begin working on growing new growth of leaves and of course the beloved blossoms. When making a cut, you don’t want to butcher the plant but cut back enough to where the plant can begin anew and when the new growth develops, it will look as if it hasn’t been dormant and you’ve been caring for it all along.

This task that I am working on is not a chore but something that I love to do and really should do more often. It is time to get back to nature and take the time to enjoy what life has to offer. These are those times that trigger those thoughts of that sweet old woman or man caring for their roses. Pruning Rose Bushes is a delight and the rewards are well worth your time.

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