Japanese Maple - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by snootswilki
September 22, 2009
what is correct prunning & watering, and fall care of our Japanese Maple?
the Scotsman

Answer from NGA
September 22, 2009
Winter, when your Japanese maple is still dormant is the time to prune. You can thin the canopy by removing entire branches, or you can simply shorten the branches when you prune. The branches have a natural drooping habit so I tend to simply shorten the branches that are too long and remove any that stick straight up and spoil the look of the canopy. Aside from regular deep watering (about an inch a week), your Japanese maple won't need a lot of extra care. You can feed in the spring with a slow release 8-8-8 fertilizer. Enjoy your tree!

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