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Old 01-18-2013, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Smallaxe View Post
Simply cut the crown down to half its current size and prune the side branches drastically as well... Its only too large if it isn't properly pruned... she has a tree that has outgrown the shade, between the house and the wooden fence... throwing it away becuz you don't feel like pruning is simply a waste...
What would you plant in a shady narrow spot like that , that doesn't need pruning???
We are in the habit of pruning lots of things on a regular basis because we don't have any perfect plants...
For once I disagree with you, at least in this situation.

I'd say cut it down.

Trees and shrubs are like children, you can fight all you want to try and shape them into what you want them to be, but in the end you just need to let them grow and become what they really want to be.

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