Do I cut this all the way down?
I'm in a new house, and I have a couple of questions about some plants that I'm dealing with. The first (see http://xfer.bigforge.com/plant1.jpg) is this bush that I have running up my driveway. I tried removing the dead parts, but it still looks rough. Am I supposed to cut it all the way down?
The 2nd plant (see http://xfer.bigforge.com/plant2.jpg) is another bush that I have in a few places. Is it dead or does it need to be cut down?
I'm in Austin, TX, btw. I've been trying to get someone to come out and give me some professional advice. If you have any references, I'd love to hear those too.