There is a saying: "If you want to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs." Meaning if you want to make or change to something better, sometimes you have to destroy something else in the process. That is the price of progress.
The egg in my case was a 30 ft October Glory Red Maple tree that I planted in 2003. It is planted in the back of my yard up on a hill. It is a great tree, but it is just in the worst spot for my garden up there. I also have another Autumn Blaze Red Maple that I planted in 2005 that is in the direct line of sight of the tree I want to remove. So looking from the front of my house, you can't even really see this tree because the Autumn blaze is in front of it. If you look at my corn along the fence, it is growing in a perfect U shape. The middle of the corn gets some shade from the tree where as the outer edges of the corn do not. Removing the tree will also let me expand my planting area from 4X25 to 16X25, which is substantial. The soil on that hill is very sandy and loamy, unlike the Georgia clay in most of my yard.
So today after much consideration, I removed all the limbs about 12 feet up the tree. Now my corn is getting equal sun all the time. I will cut down the rest of the tree at some other time.
You can see the slight shade the tree puts on the corn.
This is the corn from a distance after I removed several of the limbs. Notice the U shape of the corn along the fence. The corn on the edges is 1 to 2 feet higher than the middle
Another view from my back patio, you can see the Autumn Blaze directly below in front of the rock wall.