It may look like we've killed that tree by cutting it back so viciously, but we've learned that even reduced to just a few stalks, this thing will regrow next spring.
This pile is the leaves and branches Lisa cut. I hauled them over to the growing brush pile for later disposal.
Without the foliage, you can barely tell the tree is there at all.
Cutting these trees back this much reduces how much they produce pollen because they end up spending most of their energy on replacing the branches we cut, and that's fine with us. I expect to be cutting back more trees in the next few weeks during the autumn window of good weather for outdoor work.