It’s Pruning Time!

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:

·         pruning fundamentals

·         pruning cuts

·         proper tools for pruning

Some more specific and how to info includes:

·         How to Prune Roses in Winter from ARS Consulting Rosarian and Marin Master Gardener Don Chapman in this new 12-minute video. 

·         4 Basic Pruning Cuts, Demonstrated and Explained features Kirby Wilcox, a Marin Master Gardener and expert pruner going through the details of pruning cuts. 

·         Pruning specific types of roses for before and after visuals and instruction for hybrid teas, floribundas, mini’s and more. 

·         Pruning and Training Your Climbing Rose has some good advice for tackling a big climbing rose. 

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.

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