Q: How do you prune shrubs correctly that have been pruned into green meatballs? I would love for them to look more natural.
A: You can do it one of two ways: the first way is to simply leave the shrub alone and let it regrow its natural shape without interfering with new growth. You can occasionally remove limbs that grow in a really displeasing direction. The second method is to make “holes” in the shrub exterior with your pruners. Foliage will grow densely where the leaves are and more slowly where the holes are. Either way will give you a more natural looking plant.