Our home and yard is surrounded by huge, beautiful maple trees. We use them for shade while relaxing in the yard, cooling the house in the summertime and making maple syrup in the spring. They’re beautiful in the summer and fall BUT they shade most all of my flowerbeds and I do love my flowers. Towards the end of summer I asked hubby if he thought trimming the lower limbs on the big maple in the front yard would damage the tree or change the cooling factor in regards to the house. He studied on it and we decided that during a real cold snap we would take off the bottom three largest limbs.
I will not give up the tree because we spent our afternoons when it’s hot and evenings there all summer long.
We did do the trimming this year and from the front porch it’s like a whole new world has lit up by just removing the bottom three large branches. I can only imagine how it will look during the summer. I have bulbs and tubers all along that fence that have a few blooms and I’m hoping this will improve their beauty and blooms.
It’s nothing major and won’t hurt the structure of the tree and hopefully the grass and flowerbeds on this side of the yard will benefit from the trim.