Posted by: thewoobdog | May 18, 2012


We finally did it.  In the interest of (a) being able to see as we backed out of our driveway and (b) ceasing to look like the Clampetts did our landscaping, we drastically pruned the rhododendron that filled one corner of our yard (and discovered, incidentally, that it was actually three rhododendrons).  We’ve put it off year after year because we really don’t want to be those people that cut their trees back to trunks and their bushes back to stumps, but after careful, exhaustive research (all hail the Google) we reassured ourselves that native rhodos can actually survive and benefit from really drastic pruning when necessary (yes, we can self-justify with the best of ’em).  Anywho, behold:

Rhodo Before

Rhodo After

Since there’s nothing in the before pic to really show scale, know that it was about 12′-15′ tall before its brutal disfigurement (and only about 2′-3′ tall after).  In fairness, once we started hacking away at it, we were surprised by how much dead wood we removed and how unhealthy the bushes looked up close.  It was already there when I bought the property about ten years ago, and by the time we built our house it was a well established wild and woolly jungle bush that never did really produce much in the way of blooms.  It’ll be another two to three years before it blooms again, but I think with regular maintenance and mild trimming from here on out it will come back healthier and happier than before.  Now we can landscape around it (once hubby forgets about the nasty case of poison ivy he got clearing under it this time) and integrate it into our landscape instead of ignoring it as the poor unkempt beggar bush on the corner.



  1. This entire post had me in tears. No joke. I cannot stop laughing.

    • You LAUGHED?! At our SHRUBBERY?!

  2. At everything. And I just showed Jenna and she screeched with laughter. It’s the before and after pictures that really hit the spot for us.

    • Poor shrub. Poor, denuded shrub.

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