Can I cut back a partially dead golden vicary bush? - Knowledgebase Question

Name: jackie stanley
buffalo grove, Il
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Question by jestanley485
June 30, 2010
Our 3 golden vicary bushes have many dead branches and just a few sparse areas of healthy leaves. If we cut it back to almost ground level, will it grow back healthy again? This is the first year this has happened....18 years old. Thank you

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
I don't think you have anything to lose by cutting it back, at least by one third, to encourage new growth. Don't cut it all the way down to the ground until you know it is capable of regrowing. Just give it a trim to see how it reacts. If you see lots of healthy new growth you'll know you can reduce the size by one third this year and you can reduce its size again next spring. By this time next summer it should be full and beautiful. Hope so!

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