Red Sunset Maple pruning help
I have a Red Sunset maple that's been in the ground a few years. I want to do the first major prune and it really needs some help. I'll be hiring someone, but I was hoping for some feedback so I don't sound like an idiot when I talk to him.
My first question is, is it ok to prune now? Or should I wait til June or so when the sap is done? It's buds are swelling but not yet open; it's been unseasonably cold.
The second question is, as you can see by the pictures it lacks a central leader. I understand that is normal for maples but it has WAY too many branches crowded together around the central portion of the trunk. Which would be best to thin out? Thanks.