The quince tree has taught me to be more observant. When I bought the tree about three years ago I did not notice how twisted its branches were until after I had planted it. To give the tree a more open canopy and to spread the branches a little away from each other I weighed some of them away from the main trunk using bricks tied to each branch. This worked well and I achieved the desired result but I came close to ring barking one of the branches. I should have used a broad flat surface material up against the branch to prevent this from happening. This year just after the quinces were harvested I gave the tree a light pruning to shorten some of the longest and thinnest branches to encourage them to fatten up before summer.