|Too many little branches on the trunk.|
|After I trimmed off the excess branches.|
|This branch crosses another.|
|These little branches will grow to the center.|
Since these branches were not very thick, I was able to use pruning shears to trim them. I made sure that my shears were sharp and trimmed as close to the trunk as possible, so that the scar would lay flat. If you have larger branches to remove, you will need a saw. Please note that there is a technique to trimming branches with a saw so that you don't damage the body of the tree. I will try to cover this technique in a later post.