Help with pruning roses and building an arbor
Hey gang! My very wonderful husband is planning to build me an arbor for mother's day. I have a nice climbing rose that sort of got away from us. It is very, very tall! It is arching over a walkway already.
I had built a very flimsy, makeshift trellis to keep it from scratching my eyes out when I walked under. Unfortunately, in the big winds we sometimes get, the rose has blown back and forth on the supports, making scars on the stalks.
When we build the arbor, should I move the rose out of the way, then tie to the completed structure?
Or should I go ahead and cut it back low? Would this allow new, healthier growth to grow on the arbor? (The rose now doesn't appear to be particularly unhealthy.....)
What would be the best way to handle this?