The holidays are behind us and now is a good time to start your winter
pruning. This is the brief period of time when roses in Marin go into
semi-dormancy, and the best time to prune repeat blooming roses and a lot of
other trees and shrubs.
If you’re new to
pruning, or simply want to brush up on some basics, here’s information on:
proper tools for pruning
Some more specific and how to info
Prune Roses in Winter from ARS Consulting Rosarian and Marin Master
Gardener Don Chapman in this new 12-minute video.
Pruning Cuts, Demonstrated and Explained features Kirby Wilcox, a Marin
Master Gardener and expert pruner going through the details of pruning
specific types of roses for before and after visuals and instruction for
hybrid teas, floribundas, mini’s and more.
and Training Your Climbing Rose has some good advice for tackling a big
One way to make pruning a bit easier is to use the best tools you can afford
and keep them sharp! Good sized canes can be cut like butter with very sharp
bypass pruners. Cuts are cleaner, and it’s a lot less tiring for your
hands. Here’s a good how-to video detailing the process of Sharpening Hand Pruners