Instead of waiting for the buds to leaf out on my main trunk and then cut them off later on, has anyone just removed the buds on unwanted areas before they leafed out? I figure if I removed the buds, i wouldn't have to cut the unwanted branches off later on and the save energy from leafing out can be redirected to other parts of the tree. Not sure if my thinking/logic is correct? Just wanted to know if that is a good practice or not as I am still new to maples, especially pruning. Thanks in advance for your replies.