Double-Knockout Rose Pruning

pmsmith2032(5b Suburbs of Chicago)March 20, 2014

I am wondering if I should prune/cut down my knockout roses. They form a hedge along our foundation on the South side of our house. They do well but were a bit unruly last year. Thanks!

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Yes most definitely prune them back and they will come back beautiful. My husband prunes ours with hedgers and it doesn't hurt them at all. It keeps them in a uniform shape.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 6:19PM
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diane_nj 6b/7a

wait until the forsythia blooms in your area (it is a large shrub with yellow flowers). It should be in the next few weeks (the ones here are late this year).

Double KO doesn't need anything special for pruning, hedge clippers would be fine. Use hand pruners to take out any dead or damaged canes.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 6:29PM
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