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Summer Message
Oak Wilt Awareness and Control Policy
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:
¥    If Possible, avoid pruning or wounding of oaks during the spring(currently defined as 
Febuary 1 through June 30th)
¥    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:
â—¦    To accommodate public safety concerns such as hazardous or low limbs, traffic visibility or emergency utility line clearance.
â—¦    To repair damaged limbs (from storms or other anomalies)
â—¦    To remove limbs rubbing on a building or on other branches.
â—¦    Where construction schedules take precedence, pruning any live tissue should only be done to accommodate the required clearance and cuts should be immediately painted.
â—¦    Dead branch removal where no live tissue is exposed.
¥      Debris from diseased oaks should be immediately chipped and removed from site and/or burned.
National Forestry Service – Rachel McGregor 817-579-5772
Bob’s Tree Service - 817-246-4221,
Fort Worth Tree and Pest Specialist – 817-441-2276,