Huge juniper(?) bush/tree/topiary trim
We moved into a rental home in November. Because this bush was encroaching upon the sidewalk to our front door, I took a chance at pruning it back with a set of hedge trimmers. After one short "pass", what resulted was the brown ugliness you see in the picture. We obviously didnt want to look at a brown ugly bush everty day (neither would our neighbors). So I figured it would grow back in spring and that would be the appropriate time to trim it back.
Obviously, the cut area hasn't grown back, although there is new growth on the remainder of the bush.
Here's my dilemma - I would rather not cut down the bush. It's a nice element of the landscaping. However, I also don't want to have to duck or get swatted by a prickly bush every time we go outside. Are there any options?