Hi! My husband and I are in the processes of closing on a new house near Annapolis, MD and we're starting to plan the work we will be doing. I'd really like to spruce up the curb appeal.
The house has been on the market for a while and the shrubs haven't been maintained.
Although we like the existing shrubs and it will save us money to keep them, money we need to update the 1970's interior. However, we do not like that the tear dropped shaped ones block the windows and make the guest room and living room dark.
Is it possible to lop off the tops, making them more of a rounded rectangular shape? I of course to not want to kill the shrubs or make it look awful. How long would the tops near to sprout more grow on top and not look naked? Do I need to wait for winter like some guides suggest, trimming them into uniform shapes for now and dealing with the loss of light. would I be better off tearing them out and getting lower growing shrubs?
I'm very very new to lawn and shrub maintenance as this will be my first yard, we'll have possession of the house in early May.