Western Red Cedar rehab?
We just bought a house that has a Western Red Cedar and a pine tree side-by-side in the front yard. The previous owners did not maintain the yard or its plants at all, and we are slowly trying to repair the damages of neglect. On the Western Red Cedar, 90 percent of the branches on the lower five feet of the trunk on three sides are dead, with no or nearly no new growth, and the branches on the remaining side are very much alive, but growing roots like crazy where they touch the ground. I've read that it's not a good idea to prune the lower branches of this type of tree, but I have also read that dead branches can be removed as needed. That said, the tree looks lopsided and will look worse once any dead branches are gone. Is it advisable to prune the whole lower level of the tree so that the branches are even on the bottom all the way around, or should we just prune the dead branches from three sides and let the tree do its thing?
King County Washington