Lowes.com, HomeDepot.com and Amazon.com offer tools needed for proper rose bush care and maintenance. They sell bypass hand pruners, long-handled loppers and long gauntlet-style rose gloves.
Rose bushes require different types of pruning throughout the year. Before roses break dormancy in early spring, gardeners use bypass hand pruners and long-handled loppers to open up and shape the plants. Regular pruning during active growth periods encourages continual bloom and keeps the bushes full. Gardeners deadhead spent blooms to spur new buds to form. Bypass hand pruners make these in-season pruning tasks easier. Because of frequent exposure to thorns while pruning, gardeners usually wear gauntlet-style rose gloves to protect their hands and forearms from scratches.