2 years into a new home, I’ve noticed the Azalea shrubs planted before we moved in have been showing less green growth and less flowers. Tested the soil and found it was very neutral, which I have started to correct with soil acidifiers (Espoma). I’ve noticed some branches will still flower and produce leaves, while others will not. These branches also show signs of lichen development.
My question is - should I assume these non-productive branches are dead, or wait until I get the soil acidity right for at least a season before pruning them off?