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Summer Message
Oak Wilt Awareness and Control Policy
9-23-2015
 
What is Oak Wilt and how is it spread:
     Oak wilt, one of the most destructive tree diseases in the United States, is killing oak trees in central Texas in epidemic proportions. Oak wilt is an infectious disease caused by the fungus Ceratocystis fagacearum, which invades and disables the water-conducting system in susceptible trees. Red and Live oak trees are more susceptible than other oaks. 
     The oak wilt fungus is spread by man through movement of wood from infected oaks to other locations, contaminated pruning equipment being used and by insects (sap-feeding beetles and oak bark beetles).
 
Pruning guidelines for Prevention and Control:
¥    ONLY prune oak trees in January.
¥    At all times of the year, immediately after pruning or live tree removal, always paint fresh wounds on oaks with wound dressing or latex paint.
¥    Clean all pruning tools with 10% bleach solution or Lysol™ between sites and/or trees.
¥    Do NOT prune or wound oaks during the spring when the beetles that carry the fungus are moving the most (currently defined as February 1 through June 30). 
¥    Exceptions for spring pruning include:
◦    To accommodate public safety concerns such as hazardous or low limbs, traffic visibility or emergency utility line clearance.
◦    To repair damaged limbs (from storms or other anomalies)
◦    To remove limbs rubbing on a building or on other branches.
◦    Where construction schedules take precedence, pruning any live tissue should only be done to accommodate the required clearance and cuts should be immediately painted.
◦    Dead branch removal where no live tissue is exposed.
¥      Debris from diseased oaks should be immediately chipped and removed from site and/or burned.
 
Resources:
Texasoakwilt.org
National Forestry Service – Rachel McGregor 817-579-5772
Bob’s Tree Service - 817-246-4221, wegooutonalimb.com
Fort Worth Tree and Pest Specialist – 817-441-2276, fortworthtree-pest.com
 
Silverado HOA Policy on Oak Wilt Control:
In an effort to help maintain the aesthetics and property value in SOTB the board of Directors have adopted the following policy for Homeowners.
•    Members may ONLY prune oak trees in January – see above for exceptions.
If pruning is being conducted outside this timeframe the member will be warned in writing and asked to cease. (This document along with a signature and date is considered sufficient)
•    Tree removal or treatment should occur within 30 days of the identification of a diseased tree. 
If diseased trees are not removed the HOA may exercise right of abatement and remove the trees at the member’s expense. Arborist services may be assessed as well