Will these shrubs survive if they're severely cut back (pic)?
Over 30 yrs ago, shrubs were planted at the entrance to my subdivision (metro Atlanta) and for a while they were maintained well. We don't have an HOA so after a while, caring for them was hit or miss and they grew and grew and are over 10 ft tall and probably 7-8 ft thick. Our subd sign has to have major repairs and to get to it easily -- plus to SEE it once it's refurbished -- these shrubs have to be severely cut back. I trimmed out some of it today just to see what the trimming is going to look like. Here you see the brown behind the leaves. When this is done all over the shrubs, and once sun is hitting all that exposed brown, won't new leaves grow so it will look ok after a while? The second photo shows the very top of these shrubs which are too high even to trim the top.