Now is the Best Time to Trim Oak Trees

oaktreeOak trees are prone to a disease called Oak Wilt. Oak wilt is a fungal disease that affects live oaks and red oaks in Central Texas. Oak wilt literally makes the foliage wilt and can cause the death of the tree if left untreated. It can also be spread to other trees through interconnected or grafted root systems. New infection can occur when beetles carry oak wilt fungal spores from infected oaks to fresh, open wounds on healthy oaks.

While opinion varies by expert, trimming between February 1st through June 15 is not recommended, although generally speaking, oak trees can be trimmed all year round as long as proper precautions are taken. That’s why you should always paint fresh wounds on oaks, including pruning cuts and stumps. You can use a wound dressing or latex paint immediately after pruning or live tree removal at any time of year. Wounds include any damage to the tree caused by wind, hail, vehicles, construction, birds or pruning.  Our specialists at Austin Tree Service will take care of this for you. We know how to handle oak tree trimming and will make sure that your tree stays healthy.

Right now is the best time to prune your oaks. Yes, the hottest months of the year are a good time to prune your oak trees to prevent oak wilt from occurring. However, if your oak trees need pruning at other times of the year, don’t wait.

July is a great time to contact us to have your oaks trimmed. We utilize proper pruning techniques. Our tree technicians know how to make the proper cuts on your oak tree. Austin Tree Service also avoids any injurious practices such as topping or excessive crown thinning. We have an ISA-certified arborist on staff that can examine your oaks and determine the best course of action to take. We care about the health of your trees.

So, give us a call at 512-341-8888 today to get your oak trimmed. It’s high time you did.