Posted: 10/05/2015 at 09:11
Ive got a Red Robin which I have to trim back every year because no matter how much I do it, it always puts on masses of new growth again and ends up at either the same height or taller then it was previously. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to trim it back in Autumn last year before winter set in and also in Spring I missed the window of opportunity because of being busy with other things. Now the Red Robin is bigger than ever. I feel really sorry for my neighbours as it blocks out light from their garden And it casts a shadow over my borders so everything underneath struggles. It was planted by previous owners of the house I live and I'm loath to remove it because it does provide privacy - just needs to be trimmed right back again.
Is now the completely wrong time to do it, and should I wait until Autumn? It's currently in flower (which is the first time it's done that because I usually have trimmed it back enough to stop it from doing that) and it's just finished it flush of red leaves which are now slowly going green. It's dropped a ton of old leaves on the grounds, which annoys me no end as I have to pick them up off the borders as slugs and snails hide in the leaves that don't rot down like normal leaves. Really is quite an annoying shrub overall and I only tolerate it for the privacy it provides.