I have a young pine tree, maybe 5 feet in height, it has been growing great. This year the top leader has grown to about two feet with no side buds but a top bud. Being that it is September, should I just let it go or should I cut the leader down a bit before cold weather sets in? It looks kind of strange with the leader so high with no side buds for branches.
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It is unnecessary to cut the tree, but it wouldn't hurt it to do so. Here is an article that will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/pine/pine-tree-pruning.htm