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Good spacing/poor branch management

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good spacing but poor branch management

These young trees are now on a good spacing that should allow plenty of sunlight to reach the low branches, if there were any. However, because the trees were spaced too closely together when they were younger, or lower branches were removed, there are no low branches. If you look closely you will see that trees have stakes to help hold the trunks up. Stakes are needed because trunk caliper did not develop sufficiently to hold the tree erect. This problem could have been avoided by retaining low branches.