Several months ago I posted about some shrubbery (but you might as well call them small trees, if not for their size alone) on either side of my windows from the bedroom. I was told they may be part of the "Thuja" family, because of their shape and size, but their actual species within that family is still a mystery. They used to have blue type berries but have not in quite awhile and are starting to get brown patches. We've been having drought like conditions and extreme temperatures over the past few years, so we're wondering if that might have something to do with it. They're also kind of growing wildly and uncontrollably because we're not sure of just exactly how much trimming we should do to them and what would "safe." These shrubbery or "mini trees" have been here a very long time (presumably since the house was built), so I'd hate to think of getting rid of them. Therefore I have a few questions to shoot to the crowd and experts concerning them:
1) Concerning the considerable amount of brown patches on them -- There is still some green foliage on them, but the patches and how far they've gotten concern me and there are weeds near them. Is there a way we can nurse them back to their original splendor?
2) Their condition, size and trimming and identification -- They're uncontrollably large and we would like to trim them (and we have