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Our yard has numerous Azaleas planted by the previous owner. Many of these could be forty or more years old. Over the years the Azaleas have grown to be very large, even with the deer constantly nibbling on them. When an Azalea becomes overgrown it can be cut nearly to the ground and will happily grow back. Doing this may sacrifice blooms for a year or two but is worth it to me to make their size more manageable.
Several Azaleas in a bed outside our basement door had grown to be very large. I used pruners to remove large branches a few at a time, stepping back every now and then to be sure that my work created a pleasing shape in the end.
The Juniper planted below the Azaleas is next on my list. It can’t be cut to the ground like an Azalea without killing it. I’d like to remove this overgrown plant completely and replant it with something different.
These ancient Azaleas almost look like newly planted ones.
Do you wonder what I did with all of the branches that I cut? I piled them on the end of our driveway and they formed a pile about the size of a pickup truck. It was trash day and the nice men who collect trash radioed the city brush truck who came immediately. The brush was on my driveway only an hour or two. I call that good service!
It feels good to get a big project like this one accomplished.