Roses are overrated

I just bought a new house with two large rose bushes in the backyard.  They must die.

My very first post on this blog, over a decade ago, was about my frustration with keeping my roses pest free:
Growing Southern | Garden Blog: Take time to stop and smell the fungicide

I find them too finicky, and apparently the only way to keep them free of pests is to douse them with pesticide.  When you're a lazy and mostly-organic gardener, this is a problem.

To me, these rose bushes are like tacky wallpaper.  They're not my taste and feel outdated.  So it's time to tear them down!