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12/07/2013 at 20:54

Firstly, I don't know what type of fir it is, but this is it

 I am clearing the space to the right (facing the tree) which contains a lot of dead sticks which have been totally smothered by the overgrown honeysuckle, some of which is already on the lawn!

The back of the tree is lacking in growth (and green-ness) because there was a trellis fence thickly covered in ivy and it didn't get any light at all -

 Sorry, I uploaded the wrong back of tree photo first time, and you couldn't see much of it.

I would like to take some of the lower branches off the front of the tree so at least some light got to the beds underneath, but as they grow 'upwards' I fear that removal will leave a great denuded gap of brown needles to match the back!

Any advice would be greatly welcomed - as you can see I am in 'slash and burn' mode!

Thank you - Sara

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