Garden Detective: Butterfly bush, aphids, spider mites

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Butterfly bush (Buddleia)

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Butterfly bush (Buddleia) (Credit: Jessica Damiano)

DEAR JESSICA: I know you advise cutting butterfly bushes almost to ground level in early spring, before they break dormancy. Does that apply to a bush that was just planted last summer? Also, do we cut straight across or cut retaining the round shape? -- Don Ambrosio, Commack

DEAR DON: Butterfly bush (Buddleia) should be cut completely down in early spring at just a few inches above ground...

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