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It's time for structural pruning

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scholar tree

This Scholar tree has a spreading open habit with aggressive low branches. In the coming years, many branches on this tree will droop and get in the way of mowers and have to be removed. If the tree was situated close to a street or parking lot, the lower branches would have to be removed for vehicle clearance. Shorten many of the branches on this tree now to force more growth in the stem that will make the best upright trunk. Use reduction cuts back to lateral branches.