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Pruning or Moving Roses now, how is that going to work out?

prairiemoon2 z6b MA
2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

I thought we were waiting until the spring to install a new fence line, but our installer's schedule opened up and he can do it in the next two weeks. I thought we were going to get it done in early summer and that didn't work out, but in preparation for the work, I pruned everything on the fence to about a foot off the ground. Then they grew back and then the rabbits chewed off 2 ft of foliage on the plants. *sigh* Which would have been okay with all the rain we had this year, I thought they will recover and if we were doing this next spring it would be fine. But if I have to cut them back low now and / or move them out of the way....?

Any suggestions for my best course of action?

This is what they looked like in 2021 on that fence that is coming out and being replaced by the same size fence. New Dawn with pink Aloha and Penelope with Orange Mandarin Lonicera. There's also 'Blue Angel' Clematis on the post on the other side.

Here's the mess it is today... with all the missing foliage from the rabbits. My goal is just to get it ready to survive the winter so I can start over again next spring....

You can see how close they are to the fence. I thought if I cut them to about a foot high, then there is no foliage on them? And rather than move them, I could cover them with 5 gallon buckets so they don't get trambled during the work. But, the Aloha rose and Blue Angel Clematis is right at the post and I'll have to dig those out and leave them in a pot until I figure out what I am doing with them.

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