I have a large Ash tree in the center of my back yard. Since normal leaf growth is largely on outer third of the limbs, would it benefit the tree to shorten some limbs occasionally to encourage more growth closer to the center and reduce weight on the outer limbs? I have seen a larger ash in our neighborhood with so much weight on outer limbs that the tree split.
The short answer is yes. Reducing the spread of the limbs will reduce the risk of limb failure (shorten the lever) and improve light penetration into the interior of the canopy. It would be better to inspect in person though. You can click here to schedule an appointment.
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