Thursday, June 2, 2011

Top heavy tree

I have a little problem - actually my tree has a problem. The poor little guy has grown incredibly top heavy and is having great trouble standing straight. We planted this sugar maple last Fall. We got it as part of our city program that gives each household a free tree. As our corner lot lacks a tree and I eventually want my dining room to get some shade, we eagerly signed up for a fast growing maple.

Now I'm not quite sure what to do. Do I trim a couple of healthy limbs on top to alleviate the weight and reduce the strain on the still skinny trunk? Do I leave all the top limbs and stake the tree to protect it from growing crooked?

I know I need to cut any dead branches or branches that interfere with others, but I have not seen this happen before. Any suggestions? He's looking pretty sad, isn't he?

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