Sep 21, Prune away dead or dying growth on the rose bush. Cut out any canes that overlap or rub each other; cut back these portions of growth to where they join the main cane of the bush. When pruning other areas of the bush, make the cut(s) above any buds. Do not remove the buds, as this will be be where new growth sprouts.
Apr 08, Prune these roses right after flowering is finished. If the plant produced many canes, remove several of the oldest and weakest canes to the bud union. If only a few canes were produced, cut them back to several feet above the ground. In the summer, prune rose bushes to remove dead or diseased branches. Make the cuts one inch below the diseased branch, so only healthy wood remains.
Summer is also the time to look for any branches in the center of the bush that are growing across each other. Prune away the weaker of the branches that cross each other. Roger shows us an easy way to hard prune a bush rose in spring to encourage more flowers later in the summer. Pruning Nearly Wild Shrub Rose. I have Nearly Wild rose bushes that are scraggly and I wonder if I could trim them in winter? Wait until late winter or early spring after severe weather has passed to do major pruning.
You will be able to remove winter damage first and then shape whatever growth is.