Posted: 11/07/2013 at 12:04
I agree with Sara 4. Ilex can be pruned back hard so you can renovate them, so to speak. Best time to do that would be July and August. If you want to lower the height, that's also possible.
But you are right, you'd be looking at an almost bare trunk for quite a while even though it will start growing new shoots after it has been pruned. So, it's up to you.
To renovate or to eliminate... that's the question