Autumn arrives at Shibui Bonsai a little earlier than many parts of Australia. Many of my maples have dropped their leaves so I can see the tangled mess of shoots that have grown over summer. In order to make them look good and to make room for new shoots to grow next spring they all need a good hard winter prune.
After cutting the twigs that are growing either up or down and all the ones with long internodes the branches look more orderly. I have also removed a couple of branches where they were too close together.