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the house we just got has some huge silver maples close to the house and I think it be better to trim so branches off. its probably a good 75 ft tree and there are 4. Been doing some research on how to do it...i hate the look of the trees where they chop it all off but 10 ft of trunk.but only the top has most of the branches so if i cut them then i got a tall bare tree. any advice on trimming them up? the one is very large but 4 main branches and that seems bad so maybe that one should go. thanks for any suggestions, i like trees but not on my house!
 

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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.
 

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Silver maples were a curse to neighbors. They eventually show up on stuff. On yards, houses, power lines and vehicles. And roots start appearing as thick runners in yards. You pay a price for that shade.
 

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John S said:
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.
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Silver maples were a curse to neighbors. They eventually show up on stuff. On yards, houses, power lines and vehicles. And roots start appearing as thick runners in yards. You pay a price for that shade.
And this!
 

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Silver maples only purpose is firewood. They get tall spindly and brittle. First to snap in a mild storm. They ought to be considered a noxious weed.

Plant some real shade trees if that is what you want.
 

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You wanna trim them enuf to make the house and utilities,etc. safe. A pro tree trimmer is one way to go,but may sacrilege to mention in a DIY forum! Renting a a boom man lift is really the way to go if you're gonna DIY - that's what the pro's would use anyhow. Allows you safety, you can take each limb off in short, one hand-controllable sections to throw away from the house to fall in safety. An arborist's chain saw made for one handed grip is sweet to to keep your other hand free to hold the piece. Most man lifts will be cramped with two people in the bucket, adn may not be rated for it, but would give another set of hands to hold and throw. Trim 'em back far enuf that you don't have to do it again soon!
 

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thanks guys looks like these babies are coming down for the most part and getting some good trees going now so they grow up before i die
 

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Silver Maples, yuck. I clean pounds of seeds outta the gutters in the spring and just as many leaves in the fall. I had an arborist cut a leader off that was leaning over my newly sided house and back porch, cheap insurance. The neighbor had her back porch mauled from a broken limb during a wind storm.
 

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I own a tree care company and my best advice is get rid of them. Even trimming limbs off to suit your needs pretty much ensures hollow spots(if large limbs) down the road. Silver maples don't compartmentalize well and heal over. They are a trash tree with little landscape value. Hire a pro that you get good feedback on from friends or neighbors and verify that the company has BOTH general liability insurance and workmans comp. DO NOT, under any circumstances hire a company that is insanely cheaper then the others or shows up in a $500 truck with their name spray pained on the door.
 
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