Year twelve for this arborvitae. I've sheared it lightly every year to have this conical shape but the day of reckoning is nigh. Notice the top of the tree rising above the power line to the house? That's tolerable, but only for another year. Meanwhile the girth has blocked half the path to the front door and a light pruning won't solve that. Deep cuts won't either. Arborvitae trees don't make new green twigs from old, bare wood (which describes the entire inside of the this trees). I planted a replacement two years ago, but an ice storm tore off its branches. It's still growing, but unshapely. So, what to do? I'll have to cut down this handsome tree. I'll think I'll replace it with a gold false cypress. The one in the backyard is a beauty.