This arb may seem thin and a little on the scruffy side in terms of shape but she's a winner in our book and a model your arb may aspire to follow.
Two years ago, we took her in hand after years of benign neglect left her too tall, with multiple trunks roped together and a form so chesty she couldn't have seen her own feet if she tried. We cut her down by four feet, took out the worst double leader, and thinned the shoulders so sunlight could reach the nearly-gone-bare lowest limbs. We reduced her by about half -- 50% of the leaf surface removed.
Then we waited.
Last year we figured she was up for phase two.
This arb is a tough one to photograph, easy enough to see in person but lost to the camera in the distant green background. So in the next two photos we've traced for you the arb's outline before and after the phase two pruning.
In his garden every man may be his own artist without apology or explanation. - Louise Beebe Wilder -
You don't know the plant until you've killed it. Then you've learned something. - Janet -