Cutting back holly shrubs
Can I cut English holly shrubs back to the trunk and them come back out? I have about 5 holly bushes that are growing up and blocking the view out the windows of our home. I don't really want to do away with them but they are too big. I live in the Nashville, Tennessee area and didn't know if this should have been done in the winter. My holly bushes don't have berries.
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Pruning should take place in early summer.
A lighter pruning once a year is best.
Try to avoid heavy pruning as this can be to much stress for the holly and can increase the chance of disease.
Avoid removing any more then 1/3 of the plant at a pruning.