Raising Cedar Crown - Advice Please!
I am a newcomer to this forum so apologies if what I am asking sounds stupid or is in the wrong section.
We have a large 60-70ft cedar in our back garden. I have been told it is an atlas cedar and this seems consistent with pictures I have seen on the internet and in books.
It is a beautiful tree but not surprisingly it drops a huge quantity of needles and cones over the year. It seems in good health and grows quickly. In fact it is beginning to grow into the surrounding trees and over the neighbours’ gardens the shade it creates is starting to kill the neighbours’ lawn. They have asked us to consider pruning it in some way. Our lawn didn't grow at all due to the shade and lack of water and so we have synthetic grass.
We are looking at pruning it back in some way but before we get a professional in, I just wanted to arm myself with a little knowledge to make sure they don't suggest something that could make it look silly or even worse, harm the tree.
As you can see from the pictures, there are two large branches at a height of approx 10ft from the ground. I have read that it is OK to raise the crown of a cedar as long as branches are retained on the upper two thirds of the trunk. Is this true? Removing these two lower branches would mean there are still branches on well over two thirds of the trunk.
Even if it is safe, do you think this would make the tree look silly? When I look at cedars on 'google' it seems that most have a crown very close to the ground and some have a very high crown. Would a crown of approximately 18ft on a 70ft cedar be appropriate? Finally, will removing lower branches from a tree make it more or less stable in a storm?
Once again, apologies if this is a silly question and apologies too for my rambling! I'm just very conscious that once the branches are gone, they are gone for ever and I don't want to ruin or damage the tree!
Many thanks in advance for your advice.