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Q.Clearing Lower Limbs Of An Italian Cypress Tree

Zone 9 | stillbytheriver added on May 30, 2021 | Answered

I have a 70 foot Italian Cypress tree planted very close to my home. The lower six feet of the trunk is bare, but then the lowest branches are touching the roof of the house. In addition, there are some drooping branches higher up. Is it possible to trim the lower branches up higher so that the tree is not touching the house? If so, what is the proper procedure for doing so?

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Answered on May 31, 2021

Sure! Trimming them wouldn't hurt a thing. As for procedure- This spot looks like it will be uncomfortable to work in and around. I wouldn't worry much about correct procedure as long as you can take off the entire branch that you intend to cut. Just make sure to cut it as close to the base as you can.

Because it may be difficult to get power tools up there, you may or may bot be limited to hand saws or tools.

Here is an article for more information on the care that these trees require:


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