I recently moved into a new house. A tree in the backyard does not seem to have a "main" trunk. It has a lot of branches coming from the ground. What should I do with it? Remove it? Trim it, if so how? Leave it?
There is no immediate need to do anything. This tree looks quite healthy. I admit more homeowners like trees with a central leader but this is just a preference and will not affect growth or it's ability to cast shade. Some ideas:
My you have a multi-stemmed tree that is to die for! What do you have for tools? What do you know about pruning? It would be nice to help a bit more with the pruning! Do you understand the difference and reasons behind heading versus thinning? Wouldn't take much to ruin this beautiful tree so please keep asking questions. I would get rid of all plant growth from the base of the tree out to the drip line. Please go check out pruning techniques from books and before you go chopping, let us help. Beautiful tree!! NO HEADING, just thinning. Get rid of smaller diameter trunks from the base. Arghhh. Is this a maple? Acer ginnala? Kevinsky's answer is great. You have time to learn a bit more so you don't ruin your gorgeous tree. Closer picture of the bark and leaves and buds?