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Harshly prunning a dog rose


By Racheal

London, United Kingdom Gb

I have a dog rose. Lovely flowers in summer and loads of hips now. But I have never known what to do with this plant so have just left it.Pruned the odd branch. It is now too tall and wide. Shading my small garden and smaller plants are suffering under its shade. If I cut it back harshly this winter will it die? I need to be brutal it is practically a tree in a tiny yard garden. Help!!!



I think you can prune these back at the end of autumn or in early spring right to the ground to help with growing a new shape, but if its too big I suggest digging it out when its dormant and posiibly donating if you no longer want it?

please check with others on here though as Im still learning

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1 Sep, 2009


I have one that grows up through my hedge and I attack it every year down to the ground. It soon pops up again. It has very pretty flowers though so I don't really mind.

1 Sep, 2009


I hack mine back in the spring once some of the buds start to sprout. So it will be ok to hard prune it.

1 Sep, 2009


Thanks Mookins, Cammomile and Seaburngirl. I will give it a go.

2 Sep, 2009

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