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5 - Pruning
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How to prune spring-flowering shrubs
The rule of thumb for almost all plants with a woody stem is:
If it flowers before mid-June, prune in spring after flowering; and if it flowers later, prune in late winter or early spring.

But always check the plant in a good plant guide.
ForsythiaSome spring-flowering shrubs, such as philadelphus and forsythia, become straggly and untidy unless pruned every year. An unpruned plant also takes up lots of space and flowers less well than a pruned one.
Pruning such shrubs is basically deadheading on a big scale! As soon as the flowers are over, cut back all the stems carrying dead flowers.
Follow the stem down until you reach a young sideshoot with no dead flowers on it, and cut just above the point where it grows out of the main branch.
PhiladelphusDo that regularly each year and your spring shrubs will stay neater, and carry a lot more flowers.

And for summer flowering shrubs, the technique is basically the same, just the timing is different.
5. Caring for your garden

 Stopping and deadheading
 Clipping and trimming
 Tools for pruning
 How to prune spring flowering shrubs
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