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Weston's Baytree Garden Centre is giving pruning tips to keep your roses blooming

Growing up as a child the dark evenings following the changing of the clocks meant one thing, Christmas and therefore time to get the Argos catalogue out. For anyone reading this under the age of 16, a catalogue is something we used to have in the olden days, and that brings me nicely onto what to do in the garden this week. Whilst technology, new gardening techniques and plant developments has helped gardeners, the basic fundamentals of gardening hasn’t changed in hundreds of years and pruning roses is one of them.

Sadly this week the deluge of rain made doing anything in the garden very difficult but not impossible. My garden looks like a scene from a battlefield following all this rain. Now apart from collecting the fallen leaves on my lawn and paths my main goal this week was to prune my roses.

At this time of the year it is clear to see that the weather conditions are worsening, the wind strength is increasing and as a consequence your roses are running the risk of having their roots rocked loose in the soil. Once the roots have become loose, water is then able to collect around the roots, when that water freezes it can kill the plant. So to avoid that risk it’s best to prune your roses back by a third to a half of their height.

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