there ya go Punt! you finally admitted that your heavy handed techniques aren't what's b est for the plant. we have to be careful with the information we put out on this and other boards. some unsuspecting homeowner comes on here, sees that you have been cutting lawns for over 15 years and takes your word as gold. different plants call for different situations. in this instance, with a recent transplant a severe, and more than likely unnecessary, cutback like this wasn't the best option. let the plant adjust to its new home and then PRUNE as needed.