Prune flowering shrubs
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.