Japanese laceleaf maple is an attractive and popular ornamental tree. It has lacy foliage and an interesting branch structure that makes it a desirable choice for many landscaping projects. Pruning is an important part of keeping this tree healthy, so if you have one in your yard, it’s important to learn how to prune it properly.
When Should You Prune?
The best time to prune a Japanese laceleaf maple is during the winter when the tree is dormant. This allows for the wounds from the cuts to heal quickly before the growing season begins in springtime. If you must prune during warmer months, try to do so at least two weeks before new growth appears on your tree as this will give ample time for healing.
How To Prune Your Tree
Before getting started with any pruning job, make sure that you have all of your tools ready including loppers or shears and disinfectant (rubbing alcohol works well). When making cuts, always use clean blades as they reduce the risk of infection or disease entering into your trees wound site.
Begin by removing any unhealthy looking limbs first – these are often dead or diseased branches and need to be removed immediately in order not spread disease throughout your plant’s canopy- then move on to more aesthetic considerations such as shaping or size reduction of particular branches/limbs. Make sure when cutting off larger sections that you cut back until just above where there are two live buds visible – this will ensure continued regrowth from these areas which can help promote a bushy habit rather than just long shoots extending outward from central points on trunked sections of plants . Removing low hanging branches can also help promote good air flow around lower parts which could improve health overall too! Lastly if needed remove suckers (newly grown shoots coming up near soil) which may be taking energy away from other areas- but only if absolutely necessary since they do add some extra character too!
Once finished with each individual section check everything over again carefully before moving onto another area – ensuring all deadwood has been trimmed away , no crossing limbs remain etc…and remember every cut should be made with care – never rip out whole sections aggressively without making proper incisions beforehand otherwise bark & woody material may be damaged causing lasting injury .
Pruning a Japanese laceleaf maple correctly will keep your prized ornamental healthy and beautiful for years to come! By following these tips and tricks you’ll be able enjoy its beauty without having worry about maintenance issues down line due improper practices being done now.. So don’t hesitate start today!