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Renovating Shrubs

If you've seen older shrubs that look like giant stems of broccoli, then you've seen shrubs that are ready for renovation. Shrubs that aren't properly pruned over the years can become tall and leggy, bushy and oversized, or just plain ugly.

But renovating them is simple. In early spring, cut them down to within a few inches of the soil. Over the next few years, the plants will typically regrow in their natural form with healthy, vigorous growth.

Renovation is a fairly aggressive practice and won't work with all shrubs, especially certain evergreens. An alternative is to rejuvenate your shrubs by removing one-third of the plant each year for three years.

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