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trimming overgrown mini hedge

Posted by Vonniegirl Mi zone5 (My Page) on
Fri, May 6, 05 at 23:58

I just bought a new house and to my wonder and delight I discovered that there is a hedge(5 or 6 bushes) of red mini roses along one fence(neighbor told me that they were red) the problem is the lower 1/3 or more of the plants are dead. The tops are greening up fine , just looks like they have not been trimed for several years. I know to trim the dead wood out but can the bushes be cut back and how far is safe to revitalize them? Sure don't want to kill them. Thanks for your help.

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RE: trimming overgrown mini hedge

I'm definitely not an expert, but I bet you could take a hedge trimmer to them and whack them back to whatever dimension you wanted without too much harm. Roses are pretty tough; the minis do not seem to be an exception. Again, I offer the caveat that I do not have the mini experience that most here have. I've read studies of pruning "regular" roses using varying methods and in some cases, the "chain saw" method produced the most roses. Go figure. My landlord used to take a pair of electric hedge trimmers and just butcher the hedge in front of my apartment. It always drove me crazy (looked so ugly for a while) but they roses always bounced back thick as ever.

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