We have a lovely, large Black Mission tree - probably over 60 years, and with a 55" girth of the trunk near the base - but through poor pruning over the years, all its branches start way up - at least 25' from the ground. A few branches hang down near the ground, but only squirrels and birds are able to reach up where there is most of the fruit. Some of these branches are dying. Here is a photo on picasaweb
Is there any possible way to induce some growth of laterals lower down on the trunk, or must I just say farewell to this old friend and cut it down and wait for some sprouts coming up from the base to mature?