First Week of February – Time to Prune Rose Bushes and Crape Myrtle Trees

Super Bowl Sunday? Think gardening! It’s that time of year to trim roses bushes and crape myrtle trees for the Spring time.

Feeling a bit tired today, as I stayed up late at a Super Bowl party our dear friends were hosting. But the weather is so beautiful today, I am getting outside to do my Spring pruning.

The First Week of February is the Best Time to Prune Rose Bushes

Pruning roses-5Early February is the optimal time to prune roses bushes. Super Bowl Sunday…think Spring Roses.

Pruning roses-3It’s getting warmer in many parts of the country, and Spring is not too far off.

Pruning roses-8New growth is already starting to appear on the stems.

Pruning rosesLast year, I missed the February pruning and felt like my rose bushes were not as full as they should be. For the most part, they still looked nice, but they looked a bit unruly…with long shoots protruding from the base. They didn’t have the nice rounded shape I wanted.

In Caring for Rose Bushes and Keeping the Deer Away, I discuss pruning and how to keep your roses from being destroyed.

Pruning roses-7This year, I went to town on pruning these rose bushes! Way back! I cut all those long unruly shoots and all the dead heads off. This will allow for a lot of new growth and a nice shape…🤞. I still need to clean up the leaves that have gathered around the bushes and mulch the area. Many little clusters of weeds have also started to form in the mulch beds, spraying a bit weed killer will keep these weeds from spreading. I will wait until late March to do mulching, often times we will be hit with a surprise Spring snow storm.

The Best Time to Prune Crape Myrtle Trees

Pruning roses-9Early February is also the best time for “Pruning” and “Limbing Up” Crape Myrtle Trees.

In Other News..

Pruning roses-6I am working on a big backyard project. It is moving slower than I would like but I will share more details with you shortly.

That’s all for now.



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6 thoughts on “First Week of February – Time to Prune Rose Bushes and Crape Myrtle Trees

  1. Looks like you had beautiful weather for your pruning! Bentley looks so happy to be outside too.

    Thanks for the tips! My husband is the rose tender in the family, and he went out last weekend too – I guess all you rose gardeners think alike! 😉 Can’t wait to see your big project – so exciting! Thanks for another excellent and informative post! ❤️

    1. Hi Barbara! Monday was the nicest day we have had all Winter! I got lucky…not sure I would have made it out if it was in the 30s. But Winter is back, 40s, rain and gloom here. Hope you are enjoying nicer weather over there! What a great hubby you have!

    1. I had the same experience Rachelle and I wore gloves this time!! The thorns still poked through..I had scratches for days. So glad you are following along…thanks for being here.

  2. Wow… looks like the Crape Myrtle was pruned quite a bit. We have 2 and they are never leafless. I didn’t even cut off the woody seed pods from last year. Maybe I should have? We have flower colors Tonto (Hot Pink) and Hot Tamale (Red). I just posted pics of Tonto flowers on one of my WP blog posts. BTW… beautiful pup! 🐾

    1. Hi thanks for visiting. I only do a deep pruning on my crates every once in a while, not every year. Glad you like our little pup 🙂 He’s a cutie!

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