Tree133 has worked on this beautiful laceleaf maple (Acer palmatum) for the past few years.
In fall of 2019, we removed dead/decaying foliage and interior deadwood as well as a few damaged interior limbs (abraded by other branches). That first phase greatly improved the tree’s appearance and we noticed better foliage condition the following spring.
This January, we performed light raising and thinning to improve light/airflow throughout the canopy and expose a bit of the interior branch architecture. This pruning phase removed 5-10% of live foliage using cuts up to 1/2-inch diameter.
We are fortunate to have this tree in our neighborhood and enjoy watching its response to each stage of pruning.