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What would you do with this tree?

It's leaning, it's split and it's really close to the hedge.

Other than that, I like it. 


  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,039
    If the main trunk is split, it’s probably curtains for it, but if it’s just the side branch you could try pruning it off and tying it together into a tidier shape. It is leaning quite a bit in the direction of your neighbours house, though... 
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  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,138
    I'd either take it out completely or else, assuming it is two stems and not a split trunk I'd cut those both back to make it look like one, coherent, fastigiate tree again.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,851
    There's probably a prettier tree that would go nicely by the lovely Wendy House ... perhaps the children could help choose a fruit tree or something with blossom that would help stimulate an interest in nature and gardening? 

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  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Why is it leaning?
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,174
    I think a professional could probably carefully prune out the two leaning branches which probably got trashed by strong winds. If you like the tree,  it would probably be worth the money (get a few quotes)  but because of the height, I don't advise an amateur do it.
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  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,040
    I agree with Dove, I'd remove it and plant something to frame the playhouse.
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  • GrassyKnollGrassyKnoll Posts: 95
    I would assume it is leaning because of strong winds. It's been like that since i moved here 3 years ago.
    I think the answer is to take it out, but I hate killing anything 
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