It’s that time of year. Leaves are coming out all over our trees and it’s time to start answering questions about whether or not to cut them all off. So let’s dive in to one of the most misunderstood techniques in bonsai. What does defoliation do and what does it not do? When should we do it? When should we not do it? How do we tell? I’ll share my thoughts about defoliation, at least how I practice the technique in my garden and why I do it. I’m sure that folks will have opinions to share as well. So let’s have a thoughtful discussion - perhaps we’ll all learn something.