I have two Sourwood trees growing. They are about 20 ft. high. Should I skirt them as they grow to the ground and I have noticed moss under them. I think they would look better trimmed. If so when should I prune the lower branches. I am in RI and above their natural habitat but they are doing great except for the base of the tree being full. They kind of look like Christmas trees now.
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It is okay to remove the lowest branches. Keep it to less than 25% of the foliage, don't strip them up too high. You can do that at any time.
Here's an article with some more information on sourwood trees: