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6 year old tree - should I trim

bobs100

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This white ash planted by the city in March 2014 looks like it might lean to the left over time. Should I do any triming now to reduce the weight on the left? Thanks!


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Here are more pic from different angles. The ring at the base is just appearance...I make sure to water outside and inside the ring. Someday I will make the bigger or remove. Thanks!


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I would look at the lower branches and reducing them a bit so the tree doesn’t look like a candelabra. Also pick a central leader from those at the top and reduce the others. What you do now will set the stage for how it looks in the future. Look up Dr Ed Gilman on YouTube and on his website to learn more.
 
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Here are more pic from different angles. The ring at the base is just appearance...I make sure to water outside and inside the ring. Someday I will make the bigger or remove. Thanks!

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I agree with the line @buzz sawyer drew. It has at least 3-4 competing leaders...you need to get that down to 1 dominant central trunk. This pic really shows that the central leader is the weakest of those.

I'd also take off the lowest branch then reduce the next 2 up. Pruning every 3-5 years helps keep strong form and structure.

Where are you that the city thought it a good idea to plant Ash? Emerald Ash Bored has been decimating trees in the eastern US for about 15 years...
 
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