These two Silver Maples are neighbors in a typical Rochester suburb, both planted around the same time. The tree on the right, however, has been given a much short potential life span due to its improper pruning.
Severely raising a canopy and removing all of the interior/lower growth of a tree leaves it top heavy – a practice known as ‘Lion’s Tailing’. Silver Maples are prone to breakage in storms and this poor pruning makes the chances of branch failure even more likely.
The tree on the left can use a good Crown Cleaning, but is better suited to manage and disperse high wind, snow and ice loads throughout the canopy.’
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