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Topping live oak

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From: Brandon Clark
Baldhead, NC
Recent purchase of a home in North Carolina barrier island has severely topped live oak trees in order to improve view of golf coarse and ocean for previous owners. Several trees that were topped are 6 to 15 in diameter and after topping are about 15 feet tall. They are now sprouting out from the top many small limbs and difficult to tell how to manage these trees now in order to establish main trunk. I would like to help them grow like the trees they were intended to be; but need help deciding what to do. Thanks, BC

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Brandon:

As a general policy, I cannot in good conscience provide you with expert arboriculture advice over the internet. Therefore, please contact my trusted forestry colleagues at NC State University:

Best of luck!

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