This being California things tend to grow really well. That’s what happened with some bushes alongside the patio. They were at least four feet tall at the end of last season.
Unfortunately there was no longer growth in the lowest few feet. The bushes had gotten leggy. Not a good look.
I called Dennis Westler.
I grew up in 5E, Dennis 5F. Neither of us should know anything about plants. It’s what Dennis went to college for. He is the Orchid Doctor. He answers my simpler questions too.
“Shade,” was his answer. The bushes had grown so well they were now shading themselves, limiting lower growth.
It was time to cut. Cutting back plants has always been successful for me. Still, I cut one and waited to make sure.
Now the other bushes have been reduced to bare stubs. From a distance they look dead but when you’re close you can see growth has begun.
Sometimes you’ve just got to cut.