Autumn lawn care
I have a fantastic rambling rose which grows between me and my neighbour. It’s an old-fashioned button-hole type that has flowered well every year for as long as I remember. However, by last year, it had got a bit out of control and flowered mostly near the top, so I guessed it was time to reshape and refresh the shrub.
In the spring, before the rose started into growth, my neighbour and I, with the help of some loppers and secateurs, removed all of the oldest stems, opening up the centre of the shrub. We had to be ruthless and removed lots of growth. We then tied in newer stems to the fence, reducing their length to a manageable size, which instantly transformed our rambling rose. At the time, I gave it a mulch of three bags of the horse manure-based soil improver, GEE-UP. The rambler romped away this summer, with lots of beautiful flowers. As we go into winter, I plan to not let it get so out of control and will do a much lighter pruning early next spring.
Brian Parker, Terenure, Dublin 6
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