scraggley unpruned japanese maple
I have become the proud owner of a 20 year old (ish) Japanese maple that has never seen a set of pruning shears. One stick going straight up 20+ ft. I am going to try to save it, the root system must be great, but I have no idea what to do. I'm thinking of just whacking it off about 5 feet up (above a limb)and taking good care of it. Is there any better way?