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Climbing and Groundcover Roses: Cover the base of your climbers with soil.

Jun 03, Stopping fertilizing is a kind of winter protection for roses. I stop deadheading or removing the old blooms by the end of August as well. This too helps give a message to the rose bushes that it is time to slow down and put some energy into their winter reserves.

The next step for roses’ winter care is around the first week of September.

I give each rose bush 2 or 3. Nov 04, Hometalk. The world's largest online community of home and garden DIYers, where you can find tons of how-to's, ideas and advice to create the home you love. Late winter > – This is the time to prune your roses > - killing freezes have passed and the roses are just starting to break dormancy (buds are swelling). Water your roses if there is no rain or snow for more than two weeks, to keep roses healthy and prevent them from drying out.

When to cut down roses depends upon your zone.

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I am in zone 9b, we strip our roses of their leaves and cut them down to force dormancy in late December or prior to about January 15th. During February, the temperature lows average in the 40's, and highs near 60, so our roses would not get a break.

Too late to prune rose bush? We just recently moved into our new home and there are a couple rose bushes on the property that look pretty chaotic/over grown. After doing some research it looks like we should have started to prune them a few weeks ago, we are in the Mid-Atlantic region so temps in s for the past couple weeks.