Overgrown Shrub Identification / Advice

June 9, 2019

I am in Seattle (8b) and have a row of neglected overgrown shrubs. I think they may be boxwood but that's just a guess. I tried to trim lightly them last summer down but they were too big to support their weight and never got to be very straight. This winter, we had an unusually large heavy snowfall that was on top of them for a week and that killed one and made a big mess of the rest.

I am not sure what to do with them- there seems to be some new growth in the inside but I would have to trim therm all way back to get them anywhere straight. I am reluctant to cut all the green leaves away but that is probably what would have to happen to get them back down to size- they are so big that they tend to fall down on their own and look bad. Any advice for how to handle this? When/ how much etc?


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