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I planted 6 ft tall arborvitae last August, more like 5 feet since they just had thin bare top stems that ended up dying. There are new green stems that just started shooting up a few weeks ago sprouting from where the old stems died.

They seem like they're going to start growing up faster than out. I'm debating if I should let it take its own course or start pruning the tops to encourage horizontal spread (and make it easier to wrap them for winter). If it makes a difference, they were really root bound when I first planted them and they were kind of fragile for awhile.

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    Thuja Green Giants usually don't require any pruning. If left unchecked, they'll grow to their great heights very quickly. If you choose to prune your green giant arborvitae, you can remove about a third of the central leader of the tree (the main part of the trunk which grows upright through the center), which can encourage wider growth that disperses into a bushier structure. And if the width of the Thujas is at least 6 inches, you can even shape them into flat-topped hedges if you want to. Make sure to use hand pruners or shears if you do decide to prune it. If you ever have more trees to trim, check out the most common tree care techniques you can do to maintain their health and appearance. 

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