cutting back a massive rose bush?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by BALDEAGLE, May 4, 2005.

  1. BALDEAGLE

    BALDEAGLE LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    wrong time of year, i know. 6-8' tall- 6' canopy on this thing!
    customer wants it cut back.
    i'm thinking maybe cut to 4' or so,likely wont bloom this year,i realize. no idea of what variety this thing is.
    anyone have any idea's on this.??? thanks in advance.
     
  2. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,180

    I cut 4 back like that last week for a customer. I put on welding leathers over my arms and shoulders and a full face mask. Reached in with a 36 inch pruner and used my clearing saw a bit on a few thick branches. It all sucked ass but it worked lol. I'm sure there's a better way. Every one else she called passed on it or wanted 400. Took me an hour and a half and got 225. That was her offer not my bid.
     
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    Cut it back. I've done them as big as you described, with stems so big that loppers were too small. Roses generally bloom on new wood.
     
  4. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 387

    Cut it back like they want it. The customer is not always right but if that is what they want, do it. I would also fertilize real good after, that way it will come back fast. It will bloom this year regardless if you fertilize or not.
     

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