Hydragnea question

We have moved into a house where there are several hydrangea bushes along the drive. The previous owner was elderly and these appear somewhat unwieldy but considering it is winter, I'm not sure how they will appear in spring.
These plants seem to be about 5 foot in height and the branches arc from the trunks--giving the plant a funnel-like shape. The dried hydrangea flowers are still in-tact. The branches are pale and brittle looking.
Should I prune these back to encourage new growth? Should I just remove the "pom pom" ball of dried flowers? If I do prune, how much should I cut off?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Mina
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It depends upon what type of hydrangea they are, Mina. For now, you can deadhead the dried flowerheads, prune out any clearly dead canes, and generally tidy them up-- laying some good compost around the base and organic fertilizer like Hollytone can only help. Once they leaf out and bloom this next year, you'll know their type (or you can post a photo at alt.binaries.pictures.gardens for an ID) and more specific pruning regimen can be recommended.
Dave

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