1. Is right now a good time to prune overgrown roses? 2. Grass and weeds have grown up into the rose bed. Could I smother that by laying down newspaper and mulch on top and maybe have less weeds and grass by spring?
Linn County Oregon roses
Thank you for your question. Waiting until spring for rose pruning is the better plan than in the fall, but you can safely prune dead branches any time of the year. Here is an article on the topic: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/flowers-shrubs-trees/pruning-roses Your idea about smothering the weeds will work, and this Extension article has other ideas: http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7465.html Good luck!