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Melinda's Garden Moment: Taming your wild spring shrubs


MADISON (WKOW) -- It's time spring cleaning extended to your flower garden. Bring your overgrown lilacs, forsythia and other spring flowering shrubs down to size while maintaining their natural beauty and spring floral display.

Prune spring blooming shrubs right after flowering; these shrubs set their flower buds in summer and pruning any other time will eliminate the all important spring floral display.

Use a bypass pruners that make a clean cut that closes quickly. Cut small stems 1/2" diameter or less with handpruners. Use loppers to extend your reach and cut slightly bigger stems and a pruning saw for the rest.

Start by removing any crossed or dead branches, then remove a few of the larger stems. Make your cut on a slight angle about an outward facing bud or stem. Reduce height on the remaining stems as needed.

For more gardening tips, check out Melinda Myers' website.

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