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how do you trim a plant that just got too big?

how do you trim a plant that just got too big?

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Old 06-07-15, 06:18 PM
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how do you trim a plant that just got too big?

So I have this plant in the backyard and have no idea how to trim it. It grew too tall (all the way to the room) and if I just cut the top its just going to look weird. Is this one of those cases where the plant just grew so large it's time to remove it? I've attached a picture so you know what I'm working with. Its the plant on the left side touching the gutter. I just don't see how it could look natural if I end up nearly cutting the thing in half.

 
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Old 06-07-15, 06:24 PM
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If it is closer than 3' to the foundation, I would eliminate it completely from the landscape. Trimming it, especially in the heat of summer, won't benefit it any. All "pruning" should be done in the dead of winter. Anything too close to the foundation can cause cracks in the the foundation and potential leaks in basement or crawl spaces. It looks as if most of this greenery is clogging things up.
 
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