Ok, even the maple leave haven't started to push here yet. I'm about to do a first Chop on a Trident (Field Grown & about 3" in diameter). I've read (Brent @ Evergreen)that you should wait until the leaves come out before you trunk chop because the energy stored in the roots will produce coarse long internode growth. The article also states that this would be ideal for my situation, ie first chop where you expect a second trunk chop later. So my question is: Should I chop before the leaves emerge, during or after they emerge? And if before is the solution...is now a good time?