Prune roses and cut dogwoods
Finish pruning roses early in the month. According to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), cuts should be no more than 5mm above a bud and should slope downwards away from it – cuts must be clean, so keep your secateurs sharp. Cut out dead and diseased stems and saw away old stubs that have failed to produce new shoots on established roses. Prune all newly planted roses hard to encourage vigorous shoots (except climbing and shrub roses). Cut dogwood and willow right down to the base to promote new growth.