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July’s checklist

+ When buds are starting to swell on rose stems it’s time to prune them (wait until late August or early September in cold areas). Cut out dead and diseased stems and those that are crossing each other. Retain only strong stems and shorten those you are keeping by half to two-thirds, making all your cuts above an outward-facing bud that is pointing in the direction you want the rose to grow. Try to give bushes an open, vase-like shape.

+ Winter is also the best period for pruning deciduous trees. The lack of leaves makes it easier to see what you’re doing. Do your research before making those cuts, and if you’re really unsure, hire a qualified

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