Growing roses in Las Vegas is no small feat, and part of being successful with them is knowing when and how to prune. Many people desire experienced rose trimming since, while roses will often withstand a lot, there is always a risk involved. Pruning roses correctly is a key aspect of yard maintenance in Las Vegas, as it makes the difference between healthy plants and beautiful blooms and a long-suffering plant that looks to die in the next deep freeze. Here are rose trimming tips to help keep your flowers growing well:
- Major pruning in winter: Pruning depends heavily on timing. Trim too much at the wrong time and you can end up with a sick plant. Rose bushes are dormant from December to the end of February. When there is little risk of freezing temperatures, you can perform the more involved pruning work, often reducing the plant to half its size so it will bloom more in spring. While this major pruning appears excessive, it will affect the shrub less, because it is basically hibernating. If you miss this window, you are likely better off maintaining spring and summer patterns, which will create fewer blooms but keep your plants alive.
- Trim lightly in summer: Your roses are likely growing like crazy in the summer. They love the warm temperatures and the sun. Sometimes, you will swear they shot up five inches overnight! Cutting this growth back with major changes can kill the plants, so during the summer, keep it to light snipping. Pick flowers, remove parts damaged by insects and remove that rare unhealthy branch, but do not do anything major. You can perform some minor shaping, too. Be careful to limit these trimming sessions to once or twice a week so the plant has time to heal.
- Don’t forget to deadhead: Flowers will fade in July and August, especially since temperatures will transition from comfortable to very hot. If you leave the dead or nearly dead buds on the bush, they will not have an opportunity to bloom again that year. Starting in early summer, remove these deadheads once a week, and by July, reduce them by at least one-third. Continue this to November and you will enjoy new blooms. Removing the dead flowers also leaves fewer places where parasites can hide and eat your plants.
Roses are very hardy, but they’re also sensitive. Caring for them requires observation, and sometimes, you may need to make it up as you go along. However, that must be balanced with knowing that even small changes in conditions can affect them. While many people enjoy this intense routine of care, others find they lack the time, or fear making mistakes that will kill their plants. If you fall into one of these categories, there are landscapers available to help you with rose trimming and care.
2 White Guys offers rose trimming, along with any other yard maintenance in Las Vegas that you may require. Call us today to discuss your yard work challenges and what we can do for you.