My neighbor and I have very similar trees. I know very little about trees so I rarely mess with it. At the start of spring if I have branches that are facing down, I cut them off. My neighbor on the other hand seems to do more with his trees. Should I be doing something different?
If it were mine, I would cut off some of the lower branches. Depends if you want it to look like a tree or a bush. I like to be able to walk under any tree (with the exception of an ornamental).
Yours is actually the better tree because it has one leader without a fork so close to the ground.
Do the pruning in the dormant season.
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