I have a mature sugar maple, about 3 feet in diameter, 30-40 ft high. There is a small woody, evergreen, bush growing right next to the tree, inches from it. It is starting to cover the base of the tree. I always feel it will compete with the tree and perhaps strangle the roots. Should I cut down the bush? Thanks!
The shrub growing there is an Abies of some variety - these are evergreen and most get pretty large, so it is far too close to the maple tree. However, judging by its size, it looks like it's been there a while and will therefore be difficult to remove without damaging the roots of the maple, but you can try, carefully. Ensure the soil is nice and moist first.