I recently bought a house that has 2 giant birds of paradise plants in the front yard. I think they need to be pruned but 2 things are preventing me from doing anything.

  1. A fear of something living inside them (snakes, rats, etc...)
  2. No idea what a 'pruned' Bird of Paradise looks like.


Here are pictures of the two plants:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23352064@N00/1001301345/
and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23352064@N00/1001301487/

Jason