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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Sep 24, 2017 7:58 AM CST
Hi everyone,
I moved into this house and there is a mature arborvitae in my side yard that was planted on a slight slope and it has two trunks. The previous owners never did anything with it and it has gotten steadily worse in leaning. I had staked it together (bad idea) but the weight pulled it apart this year. I'm tempted to cut laterally into the part that is on the outside (and treat the side closest to the house as the main trunk) so that I'll have a solid Arborvitae that is good looking all the way around.

Has anyone done this or have any suggestions? I appreciate it immensely. Thanks! Gayle
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Sep 24, 2017 8:07 AM CST
I think it looks cool as is, so I am no help.
Porkpal
Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Region: Maryland Birds
Frogs and Toads
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Archivesgirl
Sep 24, 2017 11:05 AM CST
@Porkpie,
Thanks Porkpie, I like it also but I'm afraid it will eventually split or perhaps become diseased. It's on a slope so I can see it now. We'll get one of our high wind storms and over it will go. Rolling my eyes.

Thank You!

Gayle

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