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Question: how to prune rose bushes before winter

Answer: Roses do not need much -- if any -- pruning in the fall. Pruning will depend in part on what kind of roses you have. If you have hybrid tea roses, wait until after several hard freezes so the plants are dormant. Then trim back the longest canes to about three feet. This will prevent them from blowing too hard in the winter wind. Next spring, trim them back harder to remove winter damage and thin and shape the plant. If you have old garden roses, or landscape roses, do not prune now. I hope this helps.

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