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I HAVE JUST TAKEN ON A NEW HOUSE WITH A LARGE(HIGHER THAN MY HOUSE)ACER SACCHARINUN .IT HAS BEEN POLLARDED MANY TIMES RESULTING IN THE BRANCHES BEEN VERY LONG AND THIN.THERE ARE SEVERAL TREES LIKE THIS FURTHER ALONG THE AVENUE.WE BACK ONTO A RAILWAY LINE WHICH RUNS AT ABOUT THE HEIGHT OF MY ROOF.
MOST OF THESE TREES HAVE BEEN TREATED IN SIMILAR MANNER.SOME ARE EXTREMLEY UGLY AND I WOULD LIKE YOUR MEMBERS TO SUGGEST WHAT I SHOULD DO NEXT.THERE ARE 3 7' TO 8'FT CONIFERS IN LINE WITH THE ACER MY FEELING IS TO REMOVE THE ACER TOTALLY AND REPLACE WITH SO METHING ELSE IN THIS QUITE SMALL GARDEN


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1934 It sounds as if the pollarding is now not at it's best and disease/breaks etc. are likely to happen at any time. By all means have the tree taken out. As you have the railway, a screen is what you seem to need. You say there are three conifers in line with the acer, you could continue this line with the same type of conifers to form a hedge, cutting one side in the spring and one in the autumn. Let them grow and take out the tops when they reach the required height.

23 Jan, 2010

 

As long as the avenue of trees were not planted to mark some special occaision like the Queen's Coronation I would think that removing this 'ugly' tree is a reasonable idea. They were probably pollarded by the railway if there was any danger of them interfering with the trains.
While you are at it, why not remove the conifers and start with a clean sheet.

23 Jan, 2010

 

I'd be tempted to remove all of them and start with trees you would like to grow. or no trees at all just tall herbaceaous plants.

23 Jan, 2010

 

I'd also be tempted to remove all of them & plant with trees that give more interest through the year. i.e attractive bark, blossom in spring & autumn leaf colour or different evergreens. I've got a hedge of different colour Camellias, some flower in the autumn even.

23 Jan, 2010

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