Woodland management

Asked May 11, 2018, 6:21 PM EDT

We have 16 acres bordered with a metal wildlife fence. Approx. 2 acres is yard, out buildings and gardens. There are several meadows, wooded areas and a large ravine running the full length of the property that drops over 30 feet in places. We have cleared buckthorn years ago but it is coming back. We have meadow areas that have become overtaken by golden rod. At least 20 large oaks have died from oak wilt. We need help managing the property in a way that allows it to adopt a more natural healthy appearance than it has at present with these invasives. Would an arborist help in determining which trees to remove and where to transfer or plant others to make help make a healthy environment?

Washington County Minnesota

1 Response

Thank you for the question. It sounds like you are contemplating quite a large project. A certified arborist can certainly help you with tree health and determining placement of trees for maximum health and beauty. If you need help landscaping, a reputable landscaping company would be needed for that. It's possible that the same company could provide certified arborist and landscaping advice.
Our publication on how to hire a certified arborist should be helpful to you: https://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/trees-shrubs/how-to-hire-a-professional-arborist/
Here is a link to a good article on hiring landscape professionals: http://blog-yard-garden-news.extension.umn.edu/2015/04/how-to-find-help-with-home-landscape.html

Thank you for contacting Extension.