Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:46
Do it! When we moved house last June I had a large holly in the new front garden which I really disliked. It dominated, and blocked a lot of light to our living room. I got a tree suregon in to take it out in January.
We are so pleased we took it out. It's really opened up the front garden, revealled a previously-hidden path and various other overshadowed plants, and made the living room much lighter.
In its place I've put an obelisk made by father-in-law, and am growing morning glory and sweet peas up it this year. Will decide on a shrub to go there in the next year or so, but will be a 3-4ft high one, not a 20ft thing
before (the ivy is the big blobby thing behind the acer in the foreground)
after (you can see where it overshadowed the grass which has died, and also the path)