I just joined this forum as there seem to be a lot of smart gardeners
posting here and I desperately need some advice.
I have taken over a very big garden that was once well planted then
completely left for several years. I'm currently trying to resurrect any
of the plants that I can, and need advice on pruning, as I feel a good
pruning this time of year will leave me with a much better chance of
helping these guys. However, there are several roses, and two grape
vines that I am wary of pruning.
What I need to know is, how hard should I go with the basic old roses,
back to just 4 to 5 canes? One of the roses has stunning white flowers,
but it is very spindly and prone to disease, do I give up, or can I
prune health into it? Another is a climber with two strong canes coming
from the ground, and I am not sure how to approach cutting back the
spindly/strong canes coming from the main stems. Or maybe I should take
it back to the ground? It seems pretty well established.
The old grape vine is really straggly and it's hard to tell what's alive
and what's not. I unburied it last year from brambles and strung it up
on a trellis made of tree prunings and it fruited, so it's obviously got
some go in it. Again, I am really unsure as to how hard to prune the
vine, and how to know where to cut. Would I be better off waiting until
spring when I can see shoots to guide me?
I'd really appreciate some help with my mammoth project! I have about a
million other questions, but these will do for now.