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Old 05-27-2014, 09:38 PM  
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I am wanting to to trim some branches on the darker pine tree, If I trim the branches will the tree be at any harm? Also how far up should I trim the branches? Sorry about the Picture be side ways.


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It looks better already. Must have been top-heavy in the first pic
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It will not harm the tree. As for how far up to go, that is an aesthetic decision. I would not take any more off than necessary. BTW, why do you need to trim it in the first place?
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Thanks what did you do to change the picture?
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It will not harm the tree. As for how far up to go, that is an aesthetic decision. I would not take any more off than necessary. BTW, why do you need to trim it in the first place?
Want trim due to Grass not growing and just trying to clean up the place
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Thanks what did you do to change the picture?
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I down loaded and opened it with windows and hit the rotate button

I would trim up about 10 ft so you can cut that grass with out dealing with branches.
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You won’t hurt the tree making it into a trunk tree. Even after trimming grass will not grow well under a pine.

First rule of tree trimming is you can always take off more but it is quite hard to put back what you have removed.

Cut each limb twice. They are quite heavy and when sawing thru they will at some point break and the bark on the underside will peal. That can injure the tree. Make a shallow cut from the bottom up about a foot from the trunk then cut the limb off from the top right above the first cut. Then make a second cut closer to the trunk after the weight is gone about half inch is what I do.

As to how high to go that is up to what you want to see. I like them high enough to be able to walk under unless I want the tree for privacy to block the view.
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And if you don't want to have to do this often, look up apical dominance.
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Mr. Miyagi was not a fan of apical dominance.


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