Oak wilt is a destructive fungus that affects oak trees and causes tree mortality. Please follow these guidelines to help prevent oak wilt disease:
Know When NOT to Prune - No pruning/trimming oaks from February 1st - June 30th.
Paint - Always paint frest oak wounds immediately after pruning with wound dressing or latex paint, regardless of the season.
Sterilize Pruning Tools - Clean all pruning tools with 10% bleach solution or Lysol between sites and trees.
Properly Dispose of Red Oak Debris - Debris from diseased red oaks should be immediately chipped or burned.
For the SRMA Oak Wilt Policy click here.
For the SRROA Oak Wilt Policy click here.
If uncertain about trimming, consult a Texas oak wilt certified arborist, an oak wilt specialist from a city, county or state government agency such as the Texas Forest Service or Texas AgriLife Extension Service, or visit www.texasoakwilt.org.