Late April into May is the time to prune your roses. We’ll still get some temperature fluctuations but it’s time to inspect your roses and see how they fared through the winter. Start by pulling back the mulch. It’s best to remove mulch gradually over the course of several days. This will allow the rose to adjust to the change in soil temperature.
Check for cane dieback. Roses, like other trees and shrubs in your landscape took a beating from the sudden and dramatic temperature swing last November. Some roses didn’t survive the winter.
What you’re looking for now is the tender new growth at the base of the plant. Even if you don’t see growth now, don’t assume your rose is dead. Wait a few more weeks to see if growth appears. " above the bud eye.