Tamarack invades Spruce

Asked January 14, 2019, 3:52 PM EST

I have a Tamarack and Black Hills Spruce that have grown very well and are now crowding each other (see attached photo). Should the side of the Tamarack crowding the Spruce be trimmed back or is it best to leave as is? Thanks, Don

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1 Response

So far as we can tell from the photo, adjoining branches of both trees appear to have been distorted and damaged by shade due to their proximity. Consequently, we don't know which tree should be removed. The choice may be yours: which tree do you prefer? In any case, the damaged area will be evident on the one that remains for some time.

A careful inspection onsite is needed to accurately assess the situation and recommend a course of action. We suggest asking a certified arborist or forester to do that.

This information may be useful if you decide to hire an arborist:

How to hire a professional arborist to help care for your landscape trees
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/how-to-hire-a-professional-arborist/