Trees: reducing their size safely
When a tree outgrows its space, gardeners must decide if it is worth reducing it in size. This is usually achieved through pruning, but it can be hard work and expensive. The alternative is to replace the tree with one to suit the space, but this is not always practical.
Timing: Winter when dormant, or late summer, depending on the tree
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
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