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smudge249smudge249 Posts: 11
Looking for some advice. Recently inherited parents house and in the garden are 3 very overgrown roses bushes. Would like to save them as they have been in the garden for many years and hold sentimental value to the garden but I am a novice gardener and do not want to damage them but they need to be smaller if possible. Took pics of the base of each and the height and appreciate any advice. Thanks


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,738
    While waiting for advice from @Marlorena can I suggest a good session removing the weeds from
    around the base of the roses, and cut the hedge behind them right back.  It’ll at least be a start in the renovation process 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Poor Marlorena gets dumped with all and sundry 😉 if they were my roses, I'd keep them well watered and trim them in the autumn or in March next year. Cut now would create a lot of soft growth that may not get the chance to harden properly to be happy in the winter. Gardening is a bit of a waiting game.
    Would be easier to move a plant when it's dormant too. Anyway, enjoy them and be reassured that roses are such tough plants, they recover beautifully from a hard chop.
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • smudge249smudge249 Posts: 11
    Believe me already started on that. Still looks bad now and that's an improvement on what it was lol
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,738
    I can see you’ve made a start 👍 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,401
    As others have said really.. and this is not a problem at all.. you just need the right tools, preferably a saw and or lopper..
    I have put a long horizontal white line across where you should cut now - to be on the safe side for you - I would go lower as per Ochidia above... but you may not like that.. you can do more severe pruning next March... if you can manage to cut just above a bud eye then do so, but don't concern yourself with accuracy..

    Where I've put short diagonal lines is dead wood that you should cut out completely.
    Remove all grassy stuff from around the base..  cut off any nice flowers for a vase … of luck.. you can do this any time, it's not a problem for hardy roses here..

    East Anglia, England
  • smudge249smudge249 Posts: 11
    Thanks for the replies and @Marlorena many thanks for the line where to cut will get that done.

    @Orchidia lol there are a few Rose's at the top I should have stood further back to get them in.
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