|Recently moved into a house. The aucubas in the back are probably 5 yrs old and do not look like they have ever been trimmed. The bottoms of the plants are very thin to nothing. Same thing with the nandina. Lots of berries but they look like an umbrella. Lots of leaves and berries on top but nothing on the bottom. What to do???
|Answer from NGA
April 15, 2010
|Pruning will force new growth at the bases of the plants so prune now and plan on pruning again a little later in the season. The general rule of thumb is not to remove more than a third of the live plant material in any one pruning session. If you prune now, you can prune a second time this summer. Prune again next spring and you should end up with renewed shrubs and an healthier landscape. Enjoy!
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