Pruning is all about perspective. What are your pruning goals? Consider your objective and take a few laps around your tree to get a better idea of what you want to do while prioritizing structural problems. Imagine the branches on the tree in 3 years or 5 years when you come back to prune again. Remember, when pruning a tree, remove less than 20% of the canopy in one year. You won’t accomplish everything this season- choose wisely.
Although the best time to prune trees is the winter, summer foliage allows you to see dead wood and new growth directions more clearly.