Marisa Y. Thompson

This time of calendar year, we obtain several queries about no matter whether it’s protected to prune landscape crops. I observed this column published by previous NMSU Extension Horticulture Specialist Curtis Smith in August 2007 by searching the NMSU Southwest Property & Backyard garden archives at For more specifics, try looking “pruning roses.” And to obtain a column from last August addressing the same concern for trees, search “prune landscape trees now.” For palms-on mastering, get to out to a neighborhood rose society or yard club to see what activities they could have prepared in a rose back garden around you. — Marisa Thompson

Concern: My roses have developed very well this summer time. In reality, they have grown also nicely. Some branches have developed sufficient to be a nuisance to individuals strolling on the sidewalk. I will not want them to scratch folks, but I also don’t want to damage the roses. Is it protected to prune these lengthy branches in the summer months?

Kay K., Albuquerque

Response: Sure, you can prune the offending branches even in the summer time. It is correct that the very best time to prune a lot of crops is throughout their dormant season, but to safeguard general public safety (and your friends as they approach your household), you should really eliminate the branches now. This holds accurate for tree branches blocking the perspective of visitors or interfering with persons going for walks on public sidewalks.