Time to prune spring flowers, shrubs

The fourth week of May means it is time for some pruning if you have spring flowering shrubs such as rhododendrons, forsythia, quince or viburnums that have already bloomed.

You can shear azaleas and heathers back by a few inches all over the plant to encourage more branching and more flowers. You can control overgrown rhododendrons by removing one-third of the tallest branches or shortening the entire shrub right after the plant finishes blooming.