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Pruning your roses

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March 19, 2011 — Roses are the most popular garden flower, despite being susceptible to dread disease. Mike McGrath reveals how and when to prune your roses to give them the best chance at a happy healthy summer. Plus your fabulous phone calls.

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Question of the Week

I have contracted to have replacement ‘energy saving windows’ installed on our home. I was going to prune back the roses under our bedroom windows in preparation, but noticed that they had started to sprout tiny leaves already. (We had a week of 70 degree weather a little while ago.) Should I prune them now? Should I wait? And should I trim back a little each week? Or do it all in one fell swoop? I have to prune them within a few weeks for the contractor to have access.Get the answer »

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