How do I prune roses?

My son just moved to a farm that has several large roses bushes 6-8 feet growing wildly along the fence. I am not sure what type they are or how to trim or prune. What should be the first steps to get these bushes back in shape and under control. He lives in Waverly Tennessee.
Submitted by rebeccahubbell1

Hi,

 

Thanks for writing. The best time to prune most roses is early spring --- around March or so.

 

The exception is wild roses that bloom in spring --- if they bloom before mid-June or so, you'll need to do the pruning right after they finish blooming for the season or you'll risk sacrificing the next year's flowers. (And if you don't mind losing flowers, then you can go ahead and prune them back in early spring.)

 

---Justin, Senior Garden Editor, BHG.com


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