How to Prune OVERGROWN Shrubs
I waited too late. It should have been done two months ago. Or really, two years ago! But let’s just say… that I CHOSE to do it late so that I could demonstrate to you how to prune OVERGROWN shrubs.
There are two of these huge shrubs, one on each end of the house. They have been there a long time and are way too big and also too close to the house. At some point we will have to pull these out and replace them with something smaller.
If I had made it over to this house to do this job back in late winter, I would have cut these shrubs back to half the size theyare now. But I didn’t. So now, since I hope to get this house rented soon, I want to just make them look more appealing and keep the branches off the walls which have been freshly painted.
In the trio of pictures above: The first one shows the shrub before any work was done. The branches extend 3-5 feet above the house. Picture number 2 shows all but the two tallest branches removed. And the third picture shows the completed pruning job.
Tips for Pruning:
- Prune all branches to below the eave of the house.
- Remove all branches that are scraping the side of the house or will be soon.
- Take a few steps back away from the shrub often as you prune to survey your work and see where you need to cut next. You want to keep a fairly symmetrical shape.
- Cut away any branches that are blocking windows.
- And most importantly, do NOT let your shrubs get this overgrown.