We planted a forsythia shrub years back...I was leery with it over taking my aunts yard. But I don't think she ever pruned it...as a child we would crawl under it's branches and have the perfect little cozy space.
I believe it was last year or the year before that...after seeing how my sand cherry rejuvenated I pruned the forsythia back basically to the ground. My husband and son were completely taken back. By the time the fall season rolled had rolled around I had a nice shaped shrub. Where in the past it got light pruning here and there. Until it developed a leggy appearance I guess you could call it. Where the leaves were only on a good 1/3 of the end of the branches.
I am assuming that in needs pruned gently (which means not cutting to the ground) so I went at it. I can say it looks better than it had. But not near as cute as the shrub was the previous year.
Should this be pruned hard every year? And if so when is the ideal pruning time for it so I can mark it down. My husband absolutely loves this shrub...(noticing he is drawn to yellows) me...not so much with the love for this shrub.
Again mentioned to my husband that...there is no love for that shrub...and he sighed hard. He really seems to like it. It was one of huge few things we planted years back that survived the black walnut tree.