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Holly and Azaleas

Hi, I live in MA and my holly and azalea bushes have taken a beating this winter with all the heavy snow. My holly has become very leggy over the last few years in addition to having many broken branches this winter. I'm wondering if I can cut them way back this spring without totally damaging them.

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Blue Holly, China Holly, Inkberry Holly, and American Holly respond well to aggressive pruning. The Azaleas should do ok if you prune them hard. It may take a growing season or two before they look good again.

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And don't forget to give them a good dose of acid loving fertilizer after shearing and it might be a great time to transplant if needed.

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