Prune flow­er­ing shrubs

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Now that their blooms have faded, it's time to give spring-flow­er­ing shrubs such as weigela (above), may bush and philadel­phus a light prune to shape. If the bush is look­ing con­gested, lo­cate the old­est, thick­est canes and cut them back to ground level. Con­tinue re­mov­ing some of the other canes across the bush, in­clud­ing dead and dis­eased ma­te­rial, thin­ning about one-third of the canes in to­tal. This makes room for new canes to de­velop. Lightly prune spring-flow­er­ing na­tives, too, such as bot­tle­brush, Me­laleuca spp., Erioste­mon spp. and emu bush. This keeps them look­ing fresh and com­pact, and sets them up for next year’s blooms.

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