That is the question. Is it nobler to leave your plants as they are and suffer in your mind? Should you prepare to face the slings and arrows of your neighbour's wrath over your unkempt garden specimens, or is it time to take up your secateurs and put an end to your troubles so you can finally get some sleep?
OK that's all perhaps a little melodramatic, but pruning is a dilemma many of us face. Whether it is a tree or bush which has become unruly or a plant which has lost its vigour, how do you know what to prune and how much you can safely remove? We've all seen the results of gung-ho attempts to cut back plants, and they're often not pretty.