So many people wonder when the best time to trim live oaks in Central Texas is. So-called experts say you shouldn’t trim from January to June. However, is it really good to leave trees untrimmed for half the year? In this article, we’ll discuss the best time to trim live oaks in Central Texas. You may be surprised by the answer.
The quick answer is that if an oak tree needs to be pruned, then it should be pruned, regardless of the time of the year. If a tree has limbs rubbing against your roof or it hits cars in the driveway or if you have limbs that are broken when cars drive down the road, the tree has cracked, broken or rubbing limbs. This causes constant sap flow. If you don’t have these limbs and branches trimmed, then you keep your live oak in danger of developing an infection.
When an oak is properly trimmed, with cuts sealed off to eliminate sap flow, the tree is less likely to become infected. Trees that are properly trimmed don’t get infected. They stay healthy. The important thing is to think of the health of your tree and not some so-called expert’s advice.
In fact, improperly maintained oak trees get infected before properly pruned oak trees, regardless of the time of year the oak tree gets trimmed. Oak wilt is the most destructive disease affecting live oaks in Central Texas. Most of the tree mortality stems from tree-to-tree spread of the pathogen through interconnected root systems. New infection centers begin when beetles carry the fungal spores from infected oaks to non-infected oaks.
The best line of defense is to keep all oak trees healthy. This requires pruning when necessary, not when you think you should do it. Remember – the time to prune a tree is when it needs it, not some arbitrary time of year. If it’s January and your oak tree is in need of pruning, hire a professional like Austin Tree Service to prune it. You’ll be grateful you did when the tree remains healthy and so do the other trees in your yard.
Got a live oak in need of pruning? Give us a call at 512-341-8888 today. We’ll be happy to get our certified arborist out there to check out the health of your tree and prune the areas that need it.