Well, I did today and he said to leave it until the bark was all off...all the way to the top. He said in about 2 years it would probably have to come out, but in the meantime I need the canopy of leaves it provides so that the tree will live.
I didn't explain all to you, but we had this same arborist come out 2 years ago bc these trees were dying and we thought the people who lived behind us had poisoned them! He treated them with a systemic fert. system and they lived. But I want that ugly branch gone...just trying to get another "opinion" from you.
I'll try to find a picture of the entire group of trees...
Thank you for the timely article. We have a number of mature trees surrounding our home that need pruning. The guy who was supposed to do this didn't show up last fall, and I was wondering if it would be alright to do them now. I will give him a call once more. I don't want him driving around on my lawn in the spring!