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Whack it, keep it, or get rid of it?

5 years ago
last modified: 5 years ago

I purchased a new home recently that has a number of rose bushes, all that seem overgrown and unkempt to me. This will be my first go with rose bushes assuming I decide to keep them. Looking for a little guidance to make that decision. I have three in this condition - about 6-feet x 6-feet, kind of gangly. Not sure how to judge the health. If I keep these, I'm inclined to whack 'em way back - at least by half the size. Are the bushes likely to survive something like that? And if so, is there a preferred time of year for a big whacking?



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