Should I remove lower branches from overgrown Spruce? (pics)
I have a large Bluce Spruce in my backyard that the previous owner probably should never have planted in this location and then let it go. It is now growing into everything around it: patio, barbecue, steps, pathway, retaining wall.
I would like to simply remove it and plant something more appropriate for the location, but it does provide a lot of privacy and my wife loves the tree.
As an alternative, I am considering removing the lower branches to about 7 feet high to allow for people to walk under/around it more easily. I have a fence that provides privacy up to that height. I know this is probably considered heresey, but I can't think of any other options.