Shrub roses have become a staple of landscaping in Chicago because of their easy care and prolific bloom, some blooming from June until frost. Most years just a little pruning and some rose food in spring is all that is required in maintenance.
This year I’ve noticed that many roses have severe die back due to weather conditions this past winter. The canes will need to be cut back to where you see green stems at the base of the plant. If possible, make your cuts just above a branch or leaf node facing away from the plant.
Don’t forget to sharpen your pruners, disinfect pruner blade between cuts and wear long sleeves and gloves to protect you from scratches when pruning roses.