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Q.Can U Cut A Conifer Crossways And Not Kill It

Zone Dy4 9rs | Anonymous added on December 7, 2020 | Answered

I would like to cut my conifers crossways to bring the height
down; they are 7ft tall and very thick. If I cut them crossways will it kill them?

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Answered on December 9, 2020

The answer is yes, it could kill the tree. The thicker the trunk, the larger the open wound will be, which can allow diseases to infiltrate the tree. Here's an article that suggests some alternatives to this practice:
You may also want to consult a certified arborist for advice on how to resolve your issues with this tree.

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