customer wants me to cut back rose bushes with spring clean up

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by daveintoledo, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    i know roses shoud be cut back about 10 to 12 inches from the soil in the fall, wont this request stop the roses from blooming, if they are cut back in the sping????? , maybe not cut them back as far?? thanks for any assictance.... :help:
  2. marko

    marko LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 963

    Most recommend cutting back or pruning in the spring, right before growth starts.
  3. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Talk to your local nursery or perhaps someone with a little more expertise could help you...

    I took the cover off my rose bush just last week. No buds formed yet, as expected. I would think if you cut them back, cut them back now before they start forming there buds...I wouldn't wait much longer though...spring seems to be just around the corner...
  4. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 576

    Spring is in the air, everywhere you look around........sorry couldn't resist.
  5. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    mom always tought us fall, guess she was wrong..... ill get right on them
  6. Coffeecraver

    Coffeecraver LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA.
    Messages: 793

    Flowers are produced on new (current season)wood

    Make pruning cuts well below diseased wood (fire blight) -disinfect pruners between cuts.

    Remove old stems to ground yearly to renew.

    Best pruning times are Feb-March and July-Aug
    Be sure the pruners are very sharp as you need a Clean cut.
    so you do not crush the stems,or you could cause cell damage.

    Always cut on a slant just above a bud or to a live branch,and retain enough leaves and stems to feed the plant.

    Thin out the old,weak,and winter damaged stems that are too close together.
    If you perfer tall growing roses,you may not want to shorten them.

    If you do cut them down do not cut them lower than 8-10 inches from the ground.

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