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Old 10-09-2013, 02:33 PM  
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I've an evergreen tree in yard. After last year's snow storm, the top part (app 3 ft from top) bent (see photo). I afraid this year's snow will further bend and/or crack the tree, so I would like to cut the top 3 ft away. If I did this, will the tree continue to grow, or it will die?

Need some experienced gardeners to tell me what shall I do with it to protect it and keep it alive.

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Old 10-10-2013, 05:58 AM  
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It won’t kill the tree removing the top, but it will force the tree to make a new top and sometimes several. They always grow funny after topping and I personally don’t care for the look of a topped tree.

It looks as the two trees are a little bit too close together. It’s very hard to look at a little seedling and see them that large 20 years later so most times they get planted to close. As they grow together they will both form dead spots inside where they overlap. That’s when you see people trimming off the lower limbs making trunks. Sometimes as hard as it is to do you have to remove one here and there.

That tree looks really top heavy and like it has a lot of pine cones and with a heavy snow load I can see why you are worried. An arborist with a bucket truck might have suggestions on trimming and thinning the top to straighten it back up for winter. That option is never cheep.

I had a beautiful huge magnolia tree that split under snow loads about 30 years ago I was sick to see half the tree falling away. I went out and rigged a cable and a winch and pulled the tree back together and then took an 18 inch long drill and drilled thru the tree and put an all thread rod thru the tree and nuts and washers to clamp it back in place. Its 30 years later and totally healed over in fact there is no sign there is a rod in there anymore. Will be quite a surprise if after me someone takes a chain saw to it.

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