Care of old trees
I recently moved town old house in Chestertown; there are a number of large old trees which I know need pruning. How do I find an expert to give me advice about how this should be done and how do I find a trustworthy arborist to do this work? I would be grateful for any guidance you can give me! Thank you
Kent County Maryland
If the trees are in a natural area, they probably do not need pruning. Dead limbs will fall by themselves eventually, and dead wood/trees are important, valuable wildlife habitat and food sources.
In general, trees should not be pruned unless there is a specific problem.
We have a good webpage on pruning. Note that topping trees is not an accepted practice to manage large trees, and leads to weak wood (not to mention unsightly.) Here it is: https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/HGIC_Pubs/TreesandShrubs...
We recommend arborists certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The following web pub has links for finding one near you, plus a list of all of them in the state: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/how-do-you-decide-when-remove-tree
If you have specific questions about a particular tree or situation, we would be glad to help you. Also, sending photos of a problem is helpful for a good diagnosis.