Hi, I'm new to this sight and am looking for some advice on pruning and troubled lace leaf maple. Our tree is probably 12 years in the ground. It has a three inch diameter at the base. This year it looks as if it is under deep stress. It has justed pushed out a few leafs where all the others in our have all been leafed out. I noticed this tree did this once or twice in the past. It is still some what green when I scatch the limbs. The limbs bark tend to crack when I bend them but they do not snap off.Many of the limbs would however appear to look like they are dying. I do notice however that there is growth slowly pushing out on some of the limbs. A gardener mentioned that I should cut back all the dead limbs. I'm not sure if I should wait until they are totally dead ?
Thanks for any advice.