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We always recommend hiring a certified arborist. Hiring a certified arborist will ensure that you are hiring a credentialed professional to take care of the trees that are not only an asset to your property, but to our community as a whole. To find an arborist in your area visit treesaregood.org.
Commercial property owners and homeowners with questions about tree removal permits and landscape alterations should call the Building and Development Services Department at 512-314-7540.
You can prune your oaks anytime from July 1 through January 31, regardless of temperature, provided all pruning wounds of all sizes on oaks are sealed immediately (within 10 minutes max.) Routine oak pruning is prohibited from February 1 through June 30 due to high risk of oak wilt infection. With approval from the City Forester, emergency oak pruning may be allowed during this period if the oak is a public safety or property hazard. Call the City Forester at 512-314-7538 or [email protected].
Oak wilt is a lethal disease of oak trees at epidemic levels in Central Texas. The disease is caused by the reaction of susceptible oaks to the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum. The fungus causes the water conducting system of the tree to become plugged causing the tree to wilt, drop its leaves and eventually die. Once infected, the oak wilt fungus can cause mortality in oak trees rather quickly, often times in as little as months or weeks. Therefore, its important to act immediately when you suspect your oak tree to be infected. While oak wilt is always fatal in red oaks, live oaks can be treated with fungicide. Fungicide treatments have a greater chance of success the sooner they are applied.