Help! Leggy Yew North Facing
I have several evergreen shrub along the front side of my house(north facing). I think they are yews(?). I don't know how old they are but they are sad looking. Every year I gave then "hair cut" once or twice. There are healthy new growth but only on the top part. As you can see the lower part of the plants is unsightly and the foundation of the house is exposed. My question is: can I cut them back dramatically to rejuvenate the plants? How far back can I cut it without killing them. I understand the plants are in moist shade and they will never look as full as a south facing one. At this moment, I don't have the energy and money for a total makeover. I just need some green at the foundation level. Or am I better off planting some other shade loving plants in front of the yews to block the view of dead-looking branches? I am in North Jersey zone 6b if that matters. Any suggestion is welcomed. Thank you.