When to Prune Azalea

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We have a lovely big azalea, but it's getting too close to the house. Is now an okay time to do some pruning? It finished blooming about a month ago.
I'm in US Zone 6!
 

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Right after they finish blooming is generally the best time to prune them.

That's a very nice one you have there.
 

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I look at pruning sort of like surgery...i.e. if its cosmetic/elective then wait until the timing is perfect but if it is necessary such as getting too close to the house, then do the prune.
 
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Great advice all around. Thank you. She (the azalea) has had a problem with lacewings in the past. She looks better this year, but should I just keep applying neem oil?
 

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