Pruning/moving strategy and timing
There is a 40+ year old rhodo growing too near my home's foundation, planted there by previous owners who likely harvested it "wild" from nearby State parklands.
Although I pruned it back hard several years ago, it has acquired a sprawling unattractive shape and its lovely pale pink blooms are not in an area that can easily be admired.
I would like both to prune it back hard AND relocate it to better real estate with a view. I have read extensive threads on this site on root pruning some time prior to transplanting, root balling, post-operative care, etc.
QUESTIONS: Is it advisable to give it a hard prune AND do the root pruning thing in the same season, namely this Spring? I am not concerned whether it blooms this year.
If not, if root and top pruning should be done in succession, then in what order and how far apart?
How long before transplanting should root pruning be done? Some threads said a year, others implied only a few months.