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What tools are needed to prune rose bushes?

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The tools required to prune a rose bush include hand pruners, loppers, safety glasses and heavy, elbow-length gloves. Pruners should be sharp and able to cut canes up to 1/2 inch in diameter. A solution of bleach and water is also needed to clean tools after use.

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What tools are needed to prune rose bushes?
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It's best to prune rose bushes in the early spring and remove dead and damaged canes first. Canes that rub against each other should be cut at a 45-degree angle 1/4 inch above a healthy, outward-facing bud. To keep water away from the bud, the high part of the cut and the bud should be on the same side of the cane.

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