FARMERS BRANCH ~ Growing a City of roses requires commitment, skill and sometimes information, in order to promote healthy plants that showcase our streets and neighborhoods. Farmers Branch Parks Landscape Manager Pam Smith said local rose gardeners should be pruning their roses by the end of February to be ready for the upcoming blooming season. "If you found some odd looking growth that was abnormal for your variety of rose, it's time to take action to protect the rest of your roses, your neighbor's roses and your City's roses," she said. "Remove and dispose of that rose plant." Ms. Smith said Rose Rosette Disease (RRD) has made its presence known in Farmers Branch and threatens all our rose plants. The abnormal growth can include witches broom, malformed flowers and leaves, excessive thorniness, red discoloration, lateral shoot elongation and flattened or enlarged stems. "If you think your rose might be diseased and would like confirmation, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with contact information and a picture." she explained. "I'll be happy to assist you in diagnosing RRD. At the current time, there is no known cure or a way to prevent the disease. The good news is that it does not affect the soil and roses can be replanted." Visit www.fbroses.com for more information.