February Rose Care

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Are You Ready for Pruning Season?


February is the time to prune rose bushes. Pruning a rose bush prepares it for the next growing season by focusing the plant's energy into the strongest canes.  By cutting out the diseased, dead, or weak canes, you are giving the rose bush a healthy foundation for new growth. Make sure you have the proper tools before starting and print off our pruning checklist at the end of this article to help guide you through the process.  Happy pruning!

What Do I Need to Prune?

Make sure your pruners are up to the task

Felco Pruners

Before you even step outside, make sure your pruners are free of rust and burrs. Sharpen them withtool sharpener and clean off the rust with a multi purpose lubrication oil. If your pruners have been neglected for a few seasons, you may need to replace the blade or get them professionaly cleaned and sharpened at Witherspoon. By keeping your pruners sharpened you will put less strain on your body and reduce the risk of accidents. Most pruning accidents happen when the gardener is fighting the tool.

Protect your hands and arms by wearing gauntlet gloves

Rose gardeners know that you will occasionally have to pull a thorn or two or a million out of your hands and arms legs body etc. However, there are gloves out there that will make pruning season easier on your hands and arms. Gauntlet gloves not only protect your hands, they also cover your forearms. Trust me, when you are reaching into the center of your Falling in Love rose bush to prune, you will want these gloves!

Have a place for your clippings to go

Imagine this senario. You have just pruned your entire rose garden only to turn around and see piles of thorny clippings waiting to be picked up and hauled away. If only you had thought to contain the clippings as you pruned! Having a heavy duty waste bag will save you from the heartache of cleaning up an entire gardens worth of clippings from off the ground.

Witherspoon's Pruning Checklist

Now that you have everything you need to prune your roses, make sure you know how to prune like a pro! We have compiled a checklist of everything you need to know about pruning roses. Print out this handy checklist and take it with you as a guide!


Video Tutorials

How to Prune Roses the Witherspoon Way

How to Prune a Climbing Rose

Click Here to Print Witherspoon's Free Pruning Checklist!

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