The Jap Maples looks great that way!, and yes, they fit into the landscape better trimmed that way! That is a work of art that you did! As long as the homeowner is happy with the way they look now, then that's all that matters! Don't pay any attention to what they say on here. Maybe some are jealous they can't trim that way. I have seen Jap Maples trimmed that way in this area. Those trees can take a lot of trimming and it doesn't hurt them at all. Those trees are NOT destroyed like one member said. Keep up the good work! LMAO. A rule book for trimming.LOL. Never heard of that before. I guess I'm in trouble for trimming trees the wrong way too. There are not any rules for trimming shrubs in this area. LOL You need to quit bashing him by saying that he needs to educate himself. That's the problem with this site, Too many people like to bash other members. IT NEEDS TO STOP!