Too many Leaders.
I planted this 5' Afghan Pine 4 months ago when it only had 2 leaders on top. I thought for the time being I'd just watch it. Now it's a jungle!
My question is: if I physically bend all except the longest leader out horizontally to the ground, would they continue as side branches and spread out or would I be damaging them? I was watering it every 4 days for 3 hours with a soaker hose but cut back to once a week. I was giving it 1 gallon of a 20-20-20 water soluable fertilizer every 3 weeks but have stopped that. Any input would be appreciated. Also, how long should I keep the support stick implanted? This time of year it gets more than a little windy in the desert.