My mom in the rose garden.Spring, after the threat of frost has passed, is the time to prune hybrid tea, floribunda and grandiflora roses. If the shrubs are pruned too early, injury from frost may require a second pruning. To encourage healthy new growth, prune damaged diseased, dead, thin and weak branches. Remove all of the weak shoots. Cut one inch below damaged areas.

For a pain-free pruning experience, I suggest investing in some rose gloves — they do protect you from those pesky thorns.

Roses enjoy fertilizer from April to August. Feed according to product directions. Check with the experts at your local nursery for the best rose cultivars and rose food for your region.

My mom and I visit Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. once or twice a year.  It has an incredible rose garden meant to be visited as often as your schedule allows.



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