There was someone on this site who grew the most beautifully shaped acers in their garden - I think it was the same person who had foxes visiting. My question is about these acers which were covered in the winter to help force them to bend to the required shape. How was this done and has anyone used this idea and with what results? Sorry I don't have any pictures - I couldn't find any reference to the acers on the forum. My acers ( approx 1 metre tall) are all over the place - the branches are growing upwards instead of outwards and there is no clearly defined shape to them at all.