With spring's bloom just weeks away, take a look at your shrubs and consider pruning them. To encourage strong growth, cut away dead, damaged or spindly branches. And if you want to reshape the plant, do it now rather than when foliage starts masking the underlying branch structure. Even if a plant's shape is fine, you should thin it out to prevent if from overgrowing. The tools you'll need are a small hedge clipper for detail work, pruning shears for general use and a stout pair of loppers for thicker branches.