Thursday, April 26, 2018

21 Mar

Time to Prune Roses and Shrubs!

With so much growth happening this month, it’s an important time to prune your shrubs and roses! As the days grow longer and the weather becomes warmer, buds will burst open as sap moves through the branches. Once this growth begins- it’s too late, your plants will be committed to growing new shoots. Don’t leave your shrubs to get bigger and bigger each year, their stems will become tall and gangly. Pruning is vital if you want beautiful blooms, to maintain an attractive shape and keep them healthy.

Pruning Roses…

Don’t be scared about attempting to prune your roses this year- it is near impossible to kill a rose with bad pruning and becoming an accomplished rose pruner takes time and practice.

While there is a great deal of disagreement among rose experts regarding how and when to prune roses, it is generally agreed that most mistakes will grow out very quickly and it is better to make a good effort at pruning roses than to let them grow rampant.

Each variety of rose needs to be pruned at a different time. Climbing roses should be pruned in autumn, shrub and bush roses in mid-spring and ramblers in late summer.

Prune climbing roses in autumn when the flowers have started to fade. Remove dead, diseased or dying branches and tie in new shoots. Remove old branches if the plant is heavily congested to stimulate new growth. Prune side branches cutting them back to leave two to three leaf buds.

Shrub roses need to be pruned in mid spring. Remove any dead, dying or diseased branches and thin out if it is becoming over-crowded. Remove crossing branches and other stems to the base and healthy stems by a quarter of their length.

Similarly, bush roses (Hybrid Tea Roses) need pruning in mid spring. Remove dead, diseased and dying branches and prune last year’s growth to half.

Finally, ramblers need to be pruned in late summer. Cut back side branches so there are 2 or 3 buds left. Cut any woody branches to the base to encourage new shoots to grow.

Once you have finished pruning your roses mulch your plants generously, applying a thick layer of well-rotted manure or bark chippings.

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Pruning Shrubs…

The best time to prune is when the trees have no leaves in late winter or early spring. Pruning trees and shrubs is the big job to get done in March. The best time to prune is when the trees have no leaves in late winter or early spring. It means you can see the branch structure, and it’s so much easier to get in between the branches with pruning tools.

Summer flowering shrubs will benefit from being cut back this time of year. Any vigorous shrub that flowers from mid-July to September needs to be cut down almost to ground level. Overgrown, old deciduous shrubs will benefit from drastic pruning. After this, annual pruning will stop them getting out of hand again. Deciduous shrubs that flower in late winter, spring and early summer need annual pruning to encourage strong, so they produce healthy shoots and improved flowering. Annual pruning also prolongs the life of these early-flowering shrubs. Pruning summer-flowering shrubs annually in spring gives a better flowering display that year. Pruning also keeps growth in check and improves overall plant health.


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