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Scrawny Holly Bushes

I have planted pairs of a few different types of Holly Bushes. Some seem healthy and full of foliage with nice berries. A couple of them seem scrawny with little foliage. Should I be pruning these and what time of year is best to do so? Also where is the best place for me to find out how to prune them correctly? Thanks.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Late winter to early spring is the best time to prune your hollies. While it's best to make the pruning cuts just above a leaf or bud, hollies are quite tolerant of shearing at most any point on the stem. Just prune back the long, errant stems to about the same length as shorter ones. They'll usually branch just below the point where you make the cut.

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