We have inherited a Blue Atlas Cedar which has been planted below the house, at the foot of a steep bank. The trunk is now 2 metres or so high, and with a pronounced lean outwards from the slope. The arching branches add another couple of metres to the overall height, and it is somewhat wider than it is tall. The previous owner had fashioned some 'crutches' from wooden poles, to prop up the main 2 lateral branches. It has been a handsome plant but its angle and general appearance now give me an 'edgy' uncomfortable feeling which is difficult to describe. The weeping branches overhang the grass strip at the base of the bank and make mowing difficult.
Is it possible to pollard these trees effectively? It would need to be cut back quite hard, and even then, since the main trunk is leaning outwards I wonder if it wouldn't just grow back looking ugly?
Should I take it out and replace with something else, perhaps a lower-growing form of blue cypress?