I do a little gardening. Not much. My room for growing is small. Of course this being SoCal most plants don’t quite understand the limited space concept.
That’s what happened to a few bushes planted when we got here. Over time as they flourished their top shaded their bottom. Low growth stopped. The bushes became leggy. It’s not a good look.
Cutting back is a great leap of faith, because you’re left with what’s in this picture from three weeks ago. Seriously sad.
Today my bushes are on the comeback trail and their leaves are a whole lot closer to the ground. Because the original roots weren’t cut back they’re growing like crazy.
It always hurts to cut, but it’s never failed me. Every plant I’ve ever cut has come back stronger.
There’s a lesson in there somewhere.