Now is the time to give a little tender loving care to your Rose bushes. When you trim a Rose bush correctly in the summer it can increase its late-season bloom. For best results, this summer pruning should be done after a flush of blooms. To get your Rose bush under control, give a little prune to the vegetation and shape the bush how you desire. Deadhead wilted and discoloured head, and remove any dead wood from the bush.
Here are some tips on summer pruning;
Always use clean and sharp tools when pruning. Wear thick gloves to protect your hands.
Top tip; water the Rose bush thoroughly in the morning of the day you plan to prune the shrub. This will reduce heat stress on the Rose.
Cut back any dead blooms from the plant with hand pruners at a 45-degree angle 5mm above where the stem of the flower meets a side branch or bud. Making sure the cut is clean and outward facing to prevent die-back, diseases and the plant from growing in on itself.
Remove any dead, dying or diseased branches from the bush by cutting at 45-degree angle on each branch. Remove any weaker branches thinner than a pencil, so that more of the plants’ energy goes into the stronger stems.
Remove any shoots that are growing from below the graft as these will weaken the plant.
Remove tall branches that extend above the desired height or profile of the shrub, remembering to cut at an angle. Do not remove more than one-third of the bush at a time.
And lastly, dispose of clippings to avoid the transfer of disease or insects that can harbour in the vegetation.