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What you need:
  • Pruning shears
Many shrubs need pruning to balance their shape, stimulate flowering, or to promote compact growth. Before you start pruning, step back and take a look at the shrub to determine its natural shape. This shrub has a naturally round habit that has become a little overgrown, so the objective will be to remove any shoots that don't conform to its natural shape.
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In order to restore a shrub to its natural shape, start pruning from the bottom and work your way up, layering each cut at a different height. As you prune, step back occasionally to evaluate your work.
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You should prune off about a third of the previous year's growth. The stem should be cut back to a lateral bud or branch that is facing in the direction you want the shrub to grow.
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If a shrub is an early spring bloomer, pruning should be done after flowering. If a shrub blooms in mid to late summer pruning can be done while the shrub is still dormant, in late winter to early spring. As a caution, if you prune a spring bloomer in late winter or in autumn you will lose next spring's flowering.