Tree Care

Do-It-Yourself Tree Care Information

  • Trees Are Good - The International Society of Arboriculture's consumer website has links to many terrific publications on tree care, planting, pruning and more.
  • City of Austin Grow Green - The Native and Adapted Plant Guide for the Austin area boasts a wealth of information on all things green from turf to trees, including size, sun and watering requirements. The insect and disease section offers solutions for many locally common problems. Pesticides are rated from least to most toxic. 
  • Central Texas Horticulture - Travis County Horticulturist Skip Richter packed an enormous amount of information on landscaping, lawns, gardens and all things green into a user-friendly site. There’s also information about insects, plant diseases and unwelcome weeds. Check it out!
Oak Tree

Watering Urban Trees

As temperatures rise, trees need water to stay healthy. Many mature native trees are able to survive periods of drought, but most will benefit from some supplemental water after 4 to 5 weeks without rain. Longtime Consulting Arborist Don Gardner has developed a series of watering guidelines to help you determine how much and how often to water your trees.

In September 2011, the Texas Forest Service and the Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture joined forces to publish watering instructions and an informative video. View them at ISA Texas Tree Care Information for Consumers.

It's normal for many trees to drop some leaves during extreme heat. If leaves start raining down from your oak, though, it could be oak wilt. Call an Oak Wilt Qualified Arborist to schedule an inspection.