Choose a dominate branch at the top of the tree that is the most vertical. This branch will be your central leader. Cut the tip of your central leader if you wish to slow the tree from getting taller.
Cut any dead branches or any branches which appear diseased, broken or weak.
Cut any branches that cross other branches or grow straight sideways or downward. Cut branches that grow across the center of the tree. Branches should be cut at or near the trunk.
Cut any branches that grow out of the trunk below the first major union of the central leader and the main branch.
Cut suckers that sprout from the roots at ground level.
Cut the tips of remaining major branches to encourage a fuller look and to slow the rate of growth.