Can I cut back my coyote brush to get rid its woody undergrowth?

A: Yes coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis) responds well to a severe “haircut.” At Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden we do this every few years to keep these plants looking their best. You can cut them nearly to the ground in the spring. Follow this with a dilute application of fertilizer and some water, and before you know it they will green up, looking better than ever.