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Many people think a complicated method is required to prune your roses, but anyone can prune their own roses and save on professional fees.

Roses need pruning twice a year--a light summer pruning to remove all the deadheads only, and in winter bushes require a severe pruning. This is necessary to help reduce diseases and to improve air circulation.
The best time to prune is June or July.

Time: allow up to 10 minutes for each rose bush

Container to take cuttings to bin

Wearing your gloves for hand protection from the thorns, snip all deadwood branches off.

If your rose bush is thick then you will need to start trimming down from the top.

After removing all dead branches now cut all internal branches that are crisscrossing or clogging up the centre.

The idea is to have plenty of space in the middle of the bush with all branches facing outwards only.

Don't be afraid to cut too much out - the more branches removed, the healthier the bush will grow next season. Basically you should end up with just one main branch and maybe one other minor branch which upon future buds will start growing from.

Cut each branch off as close as possible to main stem but leaving one bud to be next years new branch.

This bud should be facing outwards only as this is where the new growth occurs from.

Always do one straight clean cut to prevent disease infecting ripped branches.

All long straggly sucker branches should be removed from their base as these weaken the bush. You only want the true branches to remain.

If you wish to keep your tools clean form viruses then rinse your secateurs in vinegar after finished pruning.

Though I never spray my roses others do recommend to spray lime sulpur around the plant to reduce diseases such as blackspot.

Roses do respond well to pruning and you will be rewarded with flowers on the new growth.

Fertilise the bush about three weeks after you have pruned.

Happy pruning.

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