What is the opposite of aesthetic pruning?

Well, according to one of our clients, it’s pathetic pruning. Last time, I talked about how to prune a tree. This is about how NOT to prune a tree. Here are some examples of what you don’t want your trees to look like.

#1. This Japanese maple isn’t bad, yet. It’s just awaiting some good pruning to open it up and remove the whips.

#2. Trees should never be “topped”. It looks unnatural, it will never heal over, and it may kill the tree.

#3. Bad Neighbor Blight. Yes he had the legal right to cut anything entering his property, but was this really necessary?

#4. “Lion’s tailing” or only leaving a bundle of foliage at the end of the branch. Puts too much weight out there and can break branches.