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How to Trim an Oak Tree Without Killing It

An oak tree is a beautiful addition to any property. However, if not properly maintained it can become an eyesore. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your oak tree stays healthy and thriving.

1. Only Trim in the Winter

  • With some trees, the time of year for pruning may not matter. This is not the case with an oak tree, which is susceptible to a disease called ‘oak wilt.’ Oak wilt is caused by bugs that feed on the sap of a newly trimmed tree.
  • The bug carries spores from an infected tree to a healthy tree and, in some cases, causes death. The best way to avoid oak wilt is to trim your tree in the winter because there is less chance that a bug will contaminate your tree.

2. Clean Your Trimming Tools Before Use

  • You don’t need much to clean the trimming tools; it can be as simple as using water and household bleach. However, you need to ensure the tools are clean and dry before using them on your tree. If you have more than one oak tree, you need to clean your tools between trees to reduce the risk of spreading any possible diseases.

3. Be Aware of Which Branches You Trim

  • The trimming technique is not the same for oaks of all ages. If your tree is under 3 years old, you should only trim the dead or broken branches. Doing so will reduce the risk of exposure to disease and prevent you from accidentally killing the tree.
  • Oak trees 3 years or older can be trimmed to a certain shape, but you must only remove branches that are growing towards the center of the tree. You should also be aware of any branches that rub against each other, as rubbing can create wounds on the tree that expose it to disease.

4. Hire an Expert Tree Trimming Company

  • If you don’t have the proper tree trimming tools or are worried about damaging your tree, a company that specializes in tree trimming can help you. Tree trimming specialists, such as American Arborists, know exactly how and when to trim oak trees and will ensure your tree lives a full and healthy life.

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At American Arborists, our team of skilled tree specialists will treat your plants with the utmost care. Whether you are looking for a service as simple as routine tree trimming or require a health treatment, we are here for you.

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