Many gardeners are busy pruning shrubs to remove winter damage, control the size or provide a bit of shaping before the season is well underway.
Save some of the branches or cut a few from spring-flowering shrubs to brighten your indoors. You’ll enjoy the added spring color provided by branches of forsythia, quince, pussy willows and other spring-flowering shrubs for bouquets and arrangements.
Use a pair of sharp bypass pruners with two sharp blades that cut like scissors. These make clean cuts allowing the wound to close quickly and reducing the risk of insects and diseases moving in. Start by removing crossing or winter-damaged branches.