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.
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.