Pruning a Weeping Japanese Maple?
I recently purchased a home and I have a very small maple in my yard. It is about 2 feet tall and what I believe to be a weeping Japanese maple. It is red leaf, with obvious weeping branches. The leaf is very delicate looking.
I am very new to gardening so I do not know much about it at all. I am wondering if it is ok for the leaves to be resting on the ground? Someone mentioned that this can cause disease, so I was going to prune them off the ground, but I am having a hard time finding any information about how to prune.
So I guess my questions are:
1. Is it ok for the leaves/branches to be resting on the ground?
2. If I need to prune, can I right now or do I have to wait until fall?
3. If I need to prune, what is the best way to do it?
Thank you in advance for your assistance.