That was exactly what I thought the first time I looked at it, but I do not know much about trees. I think if the bottom is throughly pruned, and he might as well wait until November to do this, then the rest of the tree will flourish next Spring.
Mahvirj, I do know that trees are best pruned in November or December, so I suggest you may want to do some light pruning now, but wait until November to do any heavy pruning, and still seek local advice. Let us know what you find out. We would all be curious to know I am sure.