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Photo examples of structural pruning (set 2)

Here aeveral examples of pruning large-maturing shade trees to good structure from across the US.

Before pruning hackbery

After pruning (many reduction and several removal cuts)

Debris from the hackberry pruned tree shown above

Before pruning sycamore with codominant stem

Before pruning

After pruning right stem

Before pruning mahogany (low branches way too aggressive and getting in the way)

After pruning (low branches reduced dramatically in length pushing future growth up into the leader)

Before pruning valley oak

After pruning left stem

Debris from the valley oak shown above

Stem (branch) in the center of the photo can be removed to relieve the stress caused by branches pushing against one another. This will be a challenging cut to make.