We have four fruit trees in our front yard along with a couple of Japanese maples. They are not very tall, and I was going to trim them all myself. I figured a good pruning would make them look better and maybe help them thrive. Well, after I hacked up the first one, I figured I would just call a tree service in brooklyn ny to get the job done right. There was not a whole lot they could do with the first tree I had a go at. Fortunately it is the one closest to the house and partly behind one of the Japanese maples. It will not be sticking out like a sore thumb for those driving or walking by. The tree service in Brooklyn NY I hired told me that it would recover in a year or so. I just started cutting on one side, and it looked unbalanced. Then I would trim a bit on the other side, and then it still looked unbalanced. By the time I was done, I had practically ruined the tree. If I would have tried one more time at making it look good, I would have killed it. It is so easy to mess up even small trees. I cannot imagine trying to trim large trees. The branches can weigh hundreds of pounds each. I will always hire a tree service from now on to trim my trees. They did such a great job. They look natural and clean now. They do not look all scraggly any more. Plus, they told me that it will actually help in the apple trees bearing better fruit in a year or so. I remember when the apples were great. I cannot wait until they are like that again. I am looking forward to apple pies and apple cobbler.