I have, in front of my house, on the north side, about 16-20 feet of yew bushes. There is about 8-10 feet of bush on either side of my front door, each section consisting of 3 or 4 individual trunk sections, and all about 4-6 feet tall and 1-4 feet deep. I have two big sets of windows over the bushes respectfully, and as it stands right now the bushes are taller than the bottoms of the wondows.
My intentions are to cut the tops of the bushes off so they are level with the window bottoms, but I'm not sure how they'll do if I try it, and I don't have the money right now to replace them if it doesn't go well.
Realistically, I wouldn't be cutting more than about a quarter to a third of the tops off, so I think I'm ok there other than the bushes looking kinda dumb for a year or so.
My biggest question is: is there a good time to be doing this? Now, when they are mostly dormant or should I wait until the spring
when they are in full growth mode?
I know they will re-bud and grow on old growth, so I think they'll be good to go as far as re-greening at the top but maybe there are other aspects I should be worried about?
Anyone have any experience or words of wisdom to share?
Thanks a bunch!