Re: pruning large silver maples
The best way to prume a silver maple is to cut it off level with the ground. Silver maples are famous for limbs splitting offin windy weather. My neighbor across the street had some trees that evry time we had a storm would lose limbs and knock out the electricity in the neighbor hood. He finally got rid of one of them this spring. I got a whole house aux generator just before he cut it down. However, he has more. I am serious about them being weeds, beside the big limbs breaking off every time there is a storm all kinds of twigs wind up on te ground. They are a mess.
When you are up to your butt in alligators, it is hard to remember your intent was to drain the swamp. Stay focused!