This quandary perplexes many gardeners this time of year. New growth looks so fresh and bountiful, especially on deciduous trees. Too much new growth can also obscure the structure of a tree. Suddenly, folks are just looking at a blob not a handsome tree.
So, how much new growth should one prune? Should one make larger cuts? The solution is not instantaneous; spring pruning should be minimally invasive. Limiting cuts to smaller outer branches is probably wise. Quite a bit can be accomplished with small hand held shears. Save the big cuts for next winter.
Hint: take pictures now so it is easier to remember how dense a tree can be with all its foliage! And enter the picture in Wildwood's Spring Photo Contest.