I have had a consultation with Mike Thepruningguy and he is going to start a gradual prune in September with me as his pupil. The goal is to learn to manage it without expert pruning. I plan to document the process. From information gained from neighbors, the maple is about 45 years old. We have another 20 year old one on the back garden which also needs work.
|The Laceleaf Maple on the lawn|
Watch this space for updates on my work.
My first assignment is to "Remove the dead wood from both maples".
In reading about pruning maples, I read a story from Japan claiming that only master gardeners can prune the laceleaf maples in botanic gardens. Apprentices must follow the masters for 10 to 15 years before they can make a cut.
Until then, they gather the wood that the masters cut. From the pieces removed the apprentices must learn what is important and how to shape the trees.