A neighbor insists we remove the branches of our white oak that overhang his property. (Roughly 20% of the crown.) Our neighborhood has lost oaks to oak wilt disease in recent years. How (& when) should we proceed so as to best protect the tree? Is there any way to inoculate the tree before we do the surgery?

Pruning of all oak trees should be performed during the dormant season (October through March). There are preventative treatments for oak wilt. It is a systemic trunk injection that will give up to 24 months of control. Contact your local office to schedule an appointment.

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