Like all things, they have grown with time. They are nearly 9 years old now and have grown quite a bit. I have mostly left them alone, only pruning out the squirrelly branches here and there to keep them looking nice and to keep them out of other plants.
Now they have grown up taller than the surrounding shrubs and are nearing the top of the fence.
This spring, I removed some of the bottom foliage to make them a bit more tree-like, but I think they need a little more guidance.
The green maples in particular really seem to be stretching out this year, sending long arching branches all over the place.
My intent was always that these maples would fill in under the limbed up walnut trees and perhaps take over as the shade eventually if I ever took the walnut trees out.
What do you think? What's the best course of action? I don't want to wreck them!
|The three maples in the back corner 2014. (The wine is for "medicinal" purposes.)|
|D'oh! Isn't it ironic? A fly in my Merlot.|
|Spring 2014 - Back by the English walnut|
|This one's getting pretty poofy|
|Front corner under the black walnut|
|This poor baby has had some setbacks. A disease turned the main trunk black and it died|