Trimming is an essential grooming practice that enhances the tree’s health, growth, and safety. It also helps keep your yard looking neat by preventing overgrowth. Oak trees are no exception to this rule – they, too, need trimming regularly.
But how do you know when and how to trim your oak tree? Below are tips to help you get the job done right.
When Trimming, The Shears Must Be Sharp
Oak trees tend to be large, and their branches are thick and strong. Trimming them requires a lot of effort – and sharp shears. Dull shears will not only make the job harder, but they can also damage the tree.
In fact, using dull shears can lead to disease and decay. Ensure that your professional arborist or tree trimming crew has sharp shears before starting the job.
An Experienced Crew
Trimming an oak tree is no easy feat – it requires a lot of skill and experience. That’s why it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Hire a reputable tree trimming company with expertise in dealing with oak trees.
While you may DIY small trees, it’s not worth the risk when it comes to large and strong oaks. It is dangerous, and you could also end up doing more harm than good. To be safe, ensure you hire a professional crew with the necessary skills, experience, and equipment.
The Time Of Year To Trim Is Important
Oaks are not like other trees – they don’t heal as quickly. When you trim them at the wrong time of year leaves them vulnerable to disease and pests. For instance, an oak may suffer a lethal disease known as oak wilt caused by a fungus from buzzing insects that enters through open wounds. (1)
Such insects feast on the sap of freshly trimmed trees. Besides, they also carry the disease from tree to tree. It can be hard to deal with once it has spread, so it’s best to avoid it altogether.
The insects are most prevalent in the spring and summer, so it’s best to avoid trimming your oak tree during that time. Ideally, it’s best to wait until winter when the risk of infection is lower.
The oak tree in your yard is a valuable asset that needs proper care and maintenance. Trimming is an essential part of that, but it’s important to do it right. Keep these tips in mind the next time you need to trim it, and you’ll avoid problems.
If you need help trimming your oak tree or any other type of tree, contact Aardvark Tree Service today. We are privileged to serve Daytona Beach, Port Orange, New Smyrna Beach, DeLand, Ponce Inlet, and Daytona Beach Shores, as well as the nearby communities. We’re always happy to help!
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