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Apr 14, Cutting Roses to the Ground Roses should be cut to the ground only in winter, and only if the wood is seriously damaged or diseased and needs to be removed. That means when you cut into the stem, you are removing everything that is brown and withered, and making your cut where stems are still white and firm.
Remove an old garden rose bush's old, unproductive stems, and reduce the bush's overall height by one-third. Make each pruning cut 1/4 inch above the next bud on a stem. The bright-red rose hips may be left on the plants for fall color. Pruning cuts are made at. Jan 17, In the fall, take off about ⅓ of each branch that you cut so your rose bush can grow healthy and tall in the spring. You can cut your rose bush down even more if you’d like to change its shape or height.
Make sure to leave at least 6 inches (15 cm) of branches above the ground so that your rose bush can grow back%(4). 4. Around October 15th dig a trench, starting away from and working toward the base of the bush. The trench should be as long as the bush is high. Dig it wide enough to accommodate the bush or bushes.
(You can put more than one bush in a good sized trench). Use a spading fork to dig the trench and loosen the soil around the roots. “Pruning in fall will kill them” said Jacko, a rose expert who grows varieties at her home in Hinckley. Pruned roses lose food stored in the branches that will keep roots healthy over winter.