Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pruning your roses

When pruning roses one thing you will want to do is trim off and dead head during the growing season this helps create more flowering and keeps the beauty of the roses appearance during the year.

As for heavy pruning and thinning this will be done after the leaves start to fall off and we have had a frost or 2. ( late February or early March )

After you have winterized your roses, by adding an organic mulch to the base of the bush and up to the crown of the bush ( this is to make sure the roots are protected) make sure to pack down the mulch, you can also add straw too, you will need to follow as below.

You will want to do 2 pruning sessions one with lighter  pruning and the 2nd will be when you cut them down and thin out heavy

You will want to prune out crossing branches as well as any dead branches, prune to with in 6-8 inches of the main bush stem, not to short , just above an out ward facing bud, pointing towards the center of the rose bush this helps keep the roses from growing outward and keeps all blooming bunched up. Step back every so often and make sure your shape of the bush is how you want it.

After you have finished pruning, I like to fertilize the roses we also add a little more of the organic mulch around the roses.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Winter Pruning is Important!


This time of year is a Great time to prune your Deciduous trees and shrubs while the sap is all done,
this includes your fruit trees. Of course you can also prune your Evergreen trees and shrubs as well.

When pruning the trees and shrubs you want to control the diseased parts of the plants as well as direction of the growth.

At this time you will want to trim off the unwanted branches to thin the tree.
All trees and shrubs are pruned differently and with different expectations.

There are a few ways to prune the fruit trees, one way is to use the 4 types of basic pruning of the fruit tree. 1) cut the diseased branches of. 2)cut dead branches. 3) cut the deformed branches. 4) the branches that cross each other.

The reason for pruning fruit trees is not because fruit trees have to be pruned to produce fruit, because they don't. However, to make the tree have more shape (umbrella shape) and branches stronger and keep diseased branches out, we prune them.Also will make for easier picking.  This is just a basic introduction to pruning.

If you have any questions at any time, please don't hesitate to ask! has some great books on pruning

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