Arborist Tim Waswick has an important message to help you protect your trees.
March-July is NOT a good time to trim oaks of any kind.
Why it matters: Trimming an oak during this time leaves it vulnerable to attacks from beetles (since the tree is sappy) and can run risk of oak wilt.
- The trees need the green leaves to produce sugar, which helps the tree grow and recover from stressful events (such as freeze and drought).
🥊 The bottom line: Trim oak trees during this season ONLY in cases of clearance issues over roofs or roads/alleys or if large dead limbs pose a threat to a structure.
🙋 What do we do if the tree doesn’t look good?
👉 If the leaves are pale yellow and smaller than normal, the tree may have a deficiency of iron and/or manganese (Chlorosis).
👉 A liquid micronutrient injection can restore your tree to health.
✅ For your Smart Homeowner list
- For your trees to thrive, find a certified arborist you trust and follow a smart maintenance schedule.
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Tim Waswick can help you save money over the long term by doing the right things at the right time for your trees.
Bonus: Tim’s expertise in roofing informs his approach when trimming your trees to protect your roof as well. (I see way too much roof damage from careless tree trimming.)