You love the look and sweet smell of your rose bushes. And while it’s somewhat painful to cut them back every year, you know you need to prune them or they’ll go wild. It’s more than aesthetic, however. Pruning also helps prevent diseases, allows better air circulation, and brings the payoff of more robust flowers during the season. That is, if you do it right. Just like many other things, pruning roses demands the proper timing and method for the best results.