Top Heavy Trees

Asked August 15, 2015, 7:21 PM EDT

I have 3 (2 year old maple trees) that have long spindley branches that grow straight up on top and out towards the sides at the bottom. Wind is always breaking the branches. I want to prune and shape them but my sister says that when you cut the branches they "sprout" more branches and make the tree top heavy. Is this true?

Milwaukee County Wisconsin

1 Response

Dear gardener,

Would it be possible for you to send a couple of digital photos? A picture of the entire tree plus another of the branching pattern would be very helpful.

Also, have you fertilized this tree? If so, what did you use and when?