Asked October 15, 2019, 2:17 PM EDT

Is now a good time to prune rose bug, burning bushes and witch hazel trees????

Jackson County Oregon

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Pruning Roses, burning bush and witch hazel.

For Roses: Pruning roses is a must-do job for spring. Your plants will reward you with beautiful blooms and vigorous health that helps ward off disease. It is best to prune from mid-February to early March, when the weather is conducive for the plants to start growing. Earlier pruning (before last hard frost or forecasted bad weather) may cause die-back that necessitates repruning. The later you prune, the later your first bloom flush will occur.

Burning bush: Try to figure out what you would like the average size of the bush to be and prune it to that size, after measuring it with a tape. After some pruning sessions you will get a fair idea about when and how much to prune the bush.

  • You can prune these bushes during any time of the year that you think is suitable.
  • If you think they have become too big and their size is hindering the other trees or plants, it is time to trim them.
  • If the burning bush in your garden has become so big that it blocks your garage door or a path, you can use shears and trim it.
  • Burning bush turns bright red in autumn and looks stunning. It is best to prune the bush when it is young.
  • If you are planning on extreme/rejuvenating pruning then you should do it during early spring. This way you can avoid the mess, as you will be finishing pruning before any new growth starts.
  • However, if you are trimming the bush for a particular shape then do it when it is dormant, which is during early spring or late winter.

Witch Hazel: Remove the suckers with anvil pruners or loppers, cutting them off at ground level. Work your way around the perimeter of the shrub as you prune, being careful to avoid the main stem. Prune the main stem of the witch hazel shrub after removing the suckers. Cut the main stem at 6 to 10 inches above the ground, making sure to cut well above the graft. Make the cut at a 45-degree angle and 1/4 inch above a bud.Cut any remaining branches above the graft back to an outward facing bud. Remove branches growing below the graft; these limbs are growing from the rootstock. Prune to shape the witch hazel into a shrub or treelike form as it regrows. Remove up to one-half of the new branches when shaping the vigorous new growth. Prune the remaining branches as needed, cutting back to an outward facing bud. Remove root suckers as soon as they sprout. Add 3 to 4 inches of mulch around the witch hazel, pulling the mulch back four inches from the stem. Mulch helps keeps the soil moist, reducing the need for watering during the dry summer months. Monitor the witch hazel's new growth carefully. Water when the soil is dry to the touch. Fertilize in the spring with a balanced 10-10-10 fertilizer according to the manufacturer's directions.

Hope this helps!