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Heavy Equipment and Trees

Austin homeowners often make use of the warmer summer months to complete home improvement projects. These projects may include the addition of new rooms, expansions of existing rooms, installing a pool, or building new storage units, such as a detached garage. New additions or improvements typically add value to a home. However, a well cared for lawn, including landscaping trees, also adds value to a home.

Whatever the home improvement project, two things are certain. First, there will likely be a need for the use of some heavy equipment to complete the project(s). And second, there must be a balance between the care of the indoor and outdoor components in order to maintain the overall intrinsic value of the property.

If a home addition or improvement project is in your future this summer, here are some things to consider.

Bear in mind that projects or improvements to the home itself may require the use of certain heavy machinery, and this may still indirectly affect surrounding landscaping trees. Depending upon the proximity of the location of the project to the landscaping trees, inadvertent scrapes to the trunk may occur. In places like Austin, Texas, oak wilt disease is not only prevalent, but is also easily transmitted by such incidents. Always exercise caution.

If at all possible, plan to surround the trees with a temporary barrier, such as a mesh or small wooden fence. This is an excellent visual cue to assist in the provision of some distance between your valuable trees and the hired workers, who will be focused on completing the task at hand and will be less familiar with your landscape.

Consider, too, that even if the site of the home addition or improvement project isn’t so proximal to any landscaping trees that it appears any damage could be done, it still may be possible. Depending upon the species of the landscaping trees, it must be remembered that the roots of a tree grow horizontally, often two to three times the circumference of the canopy. This means that the roots of a tree with a 20 foot canopy may extend anywhere from 40 to 60 feet beyond the tree. By all appearances, it may seem that a tree is safe from any possibility of damages when, in fact, it may still be vulnerable.

With this in mind, if the size of your lawn and the spacing between landscaping trees allow, try to establish a walkway/workway that minimizes both foot traffic and the weight of the necessary equipment on areas where roots may be located.

If limbs are in the way of an impending project, contact an Austin tree trimming service to assist with their appropriate removal. Hiring a licensed and reputable professional ensures the continued viability and integrity of the tree.

Additionally, if limbs are in the way of an impending project, but won’t necessarily be problematic once the project is complete, consult an Austin arborist regarding how best to temporarily and safely suspend the limbs until the project is complete.

Home improvement projects may also include changes to the landscape, such as the addition of new trees or aerating the lawn. Before planting or aerating, be mindful of the possibility of roots from nearby trees that may extend toward or into the project area. Also, when aerating, use extra caution when working near the trunks of trees to avoid damaging them.

If there are ever any doubts or concerns as you plan, or even after you’ve begun, home improvement projects, contact an Austin tree care service for assistance and guidance.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Tree Care Gone Wrong

Countless articles have been written describing the importance of routine care and maintenance of landscaping trees. There is good reason for this. These articles typically address such matters as trees’ chances of thriving being increased when they are tended to with such care, how routine care is a prudent way to protect the overall value of a property, specifically that of a homeowner, and the importance of selecting a professional arborist to assist with any issues that may arise. Of all the articles written about tree care, however, perhaps a rather understated topic is what stands to be lost when a professional arborist is not utilized. Here are some examples of what may go wrong when a licensed, insured professional is not called upon for assistance.

Easily, one of the most foreseeable issues to contend with is property damage. While accidents are possible for any individual completing tree care, the chances are greatly increased when anyone other than a professional arborist is hired to do the job. Throw in the possibility that this non-professional is also unlicensed and uninsured, and the likelihood of a costly mess looms higher than any tree canopy. Personal property that may be damaged includes homes, automobiles, power lines, or, even worse, damage done to any of these on a neighbor’s property. Needless to say, should this last scenario ever come to fruition, legal implications, in addition to any monetary ones, also exist.

Although damages often result from falling limbs, they may also exist from inappropriate actions taken on the ground as well. Consider oak wilt. In Austin, Texas, oak wilt is an unfortunate, but relatively common problem. Since it can be transmitted from a diseased tree to a healthy tree through grafted (intertwined) roots, a common means of preventing its spread is through trenching. However, performed by the wrong person, this action, meant to stop this progressive disease, may instead result in a failure to not only save healthy trees, but may also result in the disruption of septic tanks, underground utilities, water lines, or proximal tree roots, or may even cause foundational damage to a home.

Other sometimes costly inconveniences to consider include privacy fence damage or the disruption or destruction of an underground pet fence. Gone unrepaired or unnoticed, the costs associated with such problems may not only be monetary, but also emotional. Sadly, a small child could easily escape the safe confines of his/her yard or a beloved pet could do the same. Avoid limbs falling onto and damaging privacy fences by contacting a knowledgeable, licensed, and insured Austin tree trimming professional.

While these are not pleasant scenarios to dwell on, the investment made in protecting private property, including loved ones and landscaping trees, should also be of the utmost importance to anyone hired to perform a job. If it is not, or if you sense that someone is merely looking to make a quick profit with little regard for safety or the quality of work, certainly proceed with a buyer beware mindset. Maximize the protection of your property and minimize your risk of liability by consulting only a qualified and experienced Austin tree care expert.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Professional Testing for Oak Wilt

Over recent years, oak wilt has devastated a significant number of oak trees in Austin, Texas. This disease essentially clogs the water-conducting system of an oak tree, thereby depriving the tree of water. Without this key component of nourishment, the tree succumbs to death. Since there are several tree diseases that are similar to oak wilt, it is important to verify that the disease of an affected tree is in fact oak wilt. An arborist can likely validate the diagnosis of oak wilt simply based on the symptoms noted while in the field. However, if certainty remains questionable, the most indisputable method for confirming the disease is through professional laboratory testing.

Samples of oak must first be collected from a suspected diseased tree. To do this, first identify branches that are partially wilted. It is important that the selected branches not be completely wilted, dry, or dead or the laboratory testing may be ineffective. The leaves on the branch must be identified as symptomatic. For red and white oaks, this includes leaves that display a pattern of wilt from the margins inward toward the trunk of the oak. For live oaks, this includes leaves that display veinal necrosis, yellowed veins that eventually turn brown due to wilt and subsequent death. Once identified, collect a sample of the affected leaves, and place each in a resealable plastic bag.

The wilted tree branches themselves may also offer valuable diagnostic information. By examining a cross-sectional view of a branch, the presentation of sapwood discoloration is an excellent indicator of the presence of oak wilt. A longitudinal section may be necessary for the examination of red oaks. To examine a cross-sectional or a longitudinal section view, the bark must carefully be removed from the wilted branch. If discoloration is not noted in a particular area of the branch, it may be necessary to examine yet another section. It is important, however, not to remove all of the bark, as sections of the branch which include the bark may also be sent in for laboratory testing.

To submit branch samples for testing, select samples from as many as three symptomatic branches per tree. It is essential that the sapwood must be palpably moist and the inner bark alive and green. This may be checked by removing a small section of the outer bark. It is also essential that each sample be at least one inch in diameter and cut in a length of six to eight inches. Store the samples in a resealable plastic bag, and be certain that samples from each symptomatic tree are stored separately of one another. Consult an Austin tree trimming specialist for assistance if you have any questions or concerns regarding the appropriate collection and storage of samples.

Samples collected in the field should be stored in a cool place, should never be exposed to direct sunlight, and should never be exposed to temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. Samples should also be mailed overnight delivery or delivered in person to the laboratory if possible. It is also advisable to send the samples early in the week in order to avoid delivery on the weekend and so that the testing can occur before the end of the work week. Samples should remain in the resealable plastic bags in which they were placed when collected in the field. Then, they should be mailed or delivered in a disposable ice chest with sufficient ice packs to keep the samples cool, moist, and viable.

If you suspect an oak is affected by oak wilt, consult an Austin tree care professional for further assistance.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Identifying Oak Wilt

Oak species are frequently affected by oak wilt in various geographical locations in the United States, including as far south as Texas. In particular, the city of Austin has seen its fair share of the devastating effects of oak wilt over recent years. The most important way to avoid the effects of oak wilt is to prevent it altogether. However, because it can be spread quite easily, learning to identify the disease is essential. Early identification of an affected tree may result in the preservation of other proximal trees.

One common way to identify oak wilt is by careful examination of patterns on the tree’s leaves. This is also known as foliar symptoms. There are particular differences between the foliar symptoms of live and red oaks. Diseased live oaks typically suffer from veinal necrosis. Essentially, the veins of a diseased live oak initially turn yellow, then turn brown. This is indicative of the diseased state of the oak. Defoliation occurs swiftly. Diseased red oaks typically display attributes of oak wilt based on maturity. Young leaves generally succumb to the disease easily and wilt quickly. Mature green leaves generally pale to a lighter shade of green and then bronze. The change in color, and overall tree health, is noted as it starts on the extremities of the leaves and works its way inward toward the center. Defoliation occurs slightly more slowly than with live oaks, taking anywhere from four to six weeks.

The presence of fungal mats is an indicator of oak wilt. Fungal mats are the powerhouse for the production of the spores responsible for oak wilt. Fungal mats are generally located underneath the tree bark. A distinctive crack in the tree’s bark typically denotes the presence of a fungal mat beneath it. It is not uncommon to also note a scent around the area of the fungal mat. It is frequently described as a fruity, fermented smell. This is the same scent that attracts the carriers of the disease-causing spores, the nitdulid.

If similar symptoms as described above are noted, it is quite possible that the culprit of such symptoms is indeed oak wilt. However, if uncertain, consult an Austin tree trimming specialist for more information and assistance. He or she can help you to determine the cause of a tree’s symptoms, including if the cause is oak wilt. Consider having an Austin tree care professional to assist you in appropriately collecting samples from any fungal mats that may be found on the tree and sending the samples in to a laboratory for confirmation of the disease. This information can be a valuable tool in helping to determine the best and necessary course of action to protect other surviving, healthy oaks proximal to any diseased one.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Oak Tree Removal

Oak trees are a natural part of the Austin landscape. They add beauty to the natural landscape, as well as to private landscapes. However, there may be times when an oak needs to be removed. These unfortunate times may include if the tree is in the way of landscaping or home renovation goals, if the tree poses a hazard to life or property, or if the tree is diseased.

If your landscaping goals include several smaller landscaping trees instead of just one, such as the mighty oak, then the tree may need to be removed. Perhaps a home addition, such as an outdoor dining area or a new home office, is desired. Trees that prohibit expansion for such goals may need to be removed. Though the aspiration is to always maintain a well-manicured landscape, there are times when trees (or plants or gardens) may interfere with the overall big picture. If you find this to be the case, tree removal may be your only viable option to accomplish your goals.

Another reason to consider removing an oak tree is if it poses a potential threat to life or property. Oaks or any other tree that grows expansively enough may pose such a problem. An oak that is not well-trimmed may have limbs that overhang rooftops, vehicles, or privacy fences. Strong winds, weak limbs, other anomalies, or any combination thereof may cause limbs to fall on homes, vehicles, or over property lines. Damages could be considerable, possibly affecting not only personal property, but also that of another, such as a neighbor. Possible legal and fiscal liability then become issues. Sadly, the devastation brought on by this is, in fact, the preferred result, as the ultimate liability could be felt if loss of life due to neglected trees were the outcome. However, these are extreme circumstances. In many cases, potential threats from trees can be controlled or removed altogether through trimming. Consult an Austin tree trimming professional for assistance and, ultimately, the prevention of any threat to life or property.

Perhaps the most common reason to remove an oak (or other tree) is if it is diseased. Since oaks are particularly vulnerable to oak wilt, tree removal may be necessary. Once a tree has been exposed to oak wilt, the demise of the tree is likely. In order to keep other healthy, proximal oaks from the same fate, tree removal may be the only viable option. This is especially true of oaks that become affected by oak wilt through the transmission of the disease within the root system. Healthy trees with roots that are intertwined with the roots of a diseased tree need to be separated in order to preserve the tree. An Austin tree care specialist can help you determine whether or not your oak tree is affected by oak wilt, the origination of the disease, whether or not the tree is a significant risk to surrounding healthy trees and should be removed, and can assist you in the safe and effective removal of the diseased tree.

Because the depth of the roots of an oak may very, always consult an Austin tree removal expert. This is particularly true if you plan to replant other trees, shrubs, or plants. The topsoil may be affected by the manner in which a tree is removed and may affect the landscape’s ability to support new plant life. If oak wilt was a prior problem and the reason for the tree‘s removal, a specialist can also help you to determine if the area is able to sustain new oaks.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Causes of Oak Wilt

A variety of oak trees can be found in the landscape of Austin, Texas. However, oak trees are quite susceptible to a deadly tree disease known as oak wilt. This is a disease which clogs the water-conducting vessels of the tree, thereby depriving it of the essential element of water and essentially causing the oak to wilt unto its death. Unfortunately, many of the oaks in Austin have succumbed to this disease. Since oaks generally meet their demise once exposed to the disease, prevention is critical. Knowing the causes of the disease, whether primary or secondary, may assist in prevention of the disease altogether.

There are two primary, widely-recognized causes of oak wilt. The first is through spore-producing fungal mats, which attract vectors, namely nitdulid, a type of beetle. The fungal mats produce a fruity odor that attracts the beetles. The beetles feed on the fungal mats until there is nothing left to consume. Upon their physical transport to another feeding area, they carry with them spores from the fungal mats. The spores infiltrate the new feeding area. This exposes a once-healthy oak to oak wilt disease and, ultimately, its ruin. The second primary cause occurs underground through interconnected root systems. If a diseased tree’s roots are intertwined with a healthy tree’s roots, this usually spells disaster for the healthy tree. Unless appropriate action is taken to separate the roots, the chances of exposure to the disease are substantial.

There are also secondary causes of oak wilt. These causes comparably consist of underlying ways in which damage is done to the tree. If damage occurs in such a way that a wound is created, then it facilitates the fungal mats responsible for attracting vectors and the subsequent transmission of the disease by the vectors to healthy trees.

One secondary cause of oak wilt is damaged limbs. These may be from breakage from high winds during a storm or from inappropriate trimming or pruning techniques. Appropriate trimming and pruning are essential to the vitality of a tree, but perhaps more so when it comes to oak trees. Because oak wilt in Austin is quite menacing, so, too, is potential exposure of a healthy tree to the disease. If your oak tree has damaged limbs, secure an Austin tree trimming specialist immediately for professional trimming or pruning and appropriate wound dressing in order to prevent the spread of oak wilt.

Another secondary cause of oak wilt is through damage to the ground roots or the trunk. This may inadvertently occur through routine lawn maintenance. Nicks or abrasions may create a wound that eventually leads to oak wilt exposure. The same possibility exists for trees on property, whether public or private, where construction occurs. Heavy construction equipment carries the risk of damaging a tree and exposing it to the disease. If construction is planned or is ongoing on your property, consult a reputable Austin tree care service in order to preserve the health of your oaks.

Additional secondary causes of oak wilt include limbs near power lines or that are low-hanging over roadways and require trimming. Again, appropriate trimming or pruning techniques are necessary to ensure the sustainability of the oak. Another sometimes unnoticed secondary cause may include animal or termite damage. Because most animals or termites are relatively small and frequently only appear seasonally, the damage they sometimes cause may be gradual and easily overlooked.

Contact an Austin oak wilt professional with your questions or concerns about the disease, as well as the management of its primary and secondary causes, to preserve your oaks for years to come.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Official Policy for Disposing of Wood Affected by Oak Wilt

Oaks are a prominent species of tree in Austin, Texas. However, in recent years, a considerable number of oaks in Austin have been destroyed by the disease known as oak wilt. Oak wilt is caused by a fungus which causes the water-conducting vessels of the tree to become clogged. As a result, this prevents all parts of the stem beyond the blockage from receiving much needed water for continued viability. In an attempt to bring these devastating effects under control, the city of Austin has adopted an official policy regarding the appropriate disposal of wood affected by oak wilt.

Chipping or shredding the wood from trees affected by oak wilt is an acceptable means of disposal. This is permissible because the wood dries when chipped or shredded. The fungus responsible for causing oak wilt, also known as Ceratocystis fagacearum, cannot thrive once the drying process begins. Much like other types of fungi, which require moisture to thrive, once the source of the moisture is depleted, the fungi is destroyed. In spite of the demise of the tree, this is an environmentally friendly means of disposal, as the chipped or shredded wood can serve another purpose through use as mulch.

Another acceptable means of disposal of wood affected by oak wilt, although perhaps a little less environmentally friendly, is burning. Burning affected wood will kill the Ceratocystis fagacearum. Again, the heat from the fire supplies a means of drying, depriving the fungus of the moisture it requires for survival. And since the fungus is not spread through the smoke, there is no cause for concern that this manner of disposal might potentially affect healthy oaks.

As per the city’s policy, any affected wood that is not chipped, shredded or burned shall be disposed of at a landfill. An Austin tree trimming specialist who is familiar with Austin oak wilt and the various appropriate means of disposal of affected wood can likely direct you to the landfills in your area that are prepared to receive diseased oaks for disposal.

In instances where diseased oaks are identified, but are not accessible for chipping, shredding, or burning, the policy indicates that the tree shall be girdled. Girdling occurs when a ring of bark and underlying tissue are removed from around the tree, generally for purposes of destroying it. Once the diseased tree is girdled, it is then treated with an herbicide for desiccation (or drying). Desiccation, of course, facilitates the destruction of the fungus by depriving it of its life-sustaining moisture. This is an especially important procedure if the diseased tree is inaccessible, but happens to be within the vicinity of healthy trees, which could be negatively impacted if the diseased tree remains untreated. Contact an Austin tree care professional to assist you with such a procedure for affected oaks on your private property.

As per the city’s policy, one final, acceptable means of disposal of affected wood is through the use of firewood. This is yet another environmentally friendly means of recycling the wood. However, city policy indicates that the firewood shall not be stored near healthy, unaffected trees and shall be stored under a clear plastic covering with the edges tightly secured, perhaps dug into the ground, so as to prevent any spore-carrying insects from spreading the disease to surrounding healthy trees. The plastic covering also provides a solarizing effect, which speeds the drying of the wood should any moisture remain. The policy recommends the use of clear plastic so that escape holes are not easily recognized by the disease-spreading insects.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

The Official Policy On the Prevention of Oak Wilt in Austin

The city of Austin, Texas contains many Live Oaks and variations of Red Oaks. However, in recent years, the city’s oaks have been heavily affected by oak wilt, a fungus-oriented disease, which causes the water-conducting vessels of the tree to become clogged and prevents all parts of the stem beyond the blockage from receiving much needed water for sustainability. Without the appropriate nutrients, the demise of the tree is inevitable. Unfortunately, oak wilt is also quite contagious. In an effort to help contain the continued spread of the disease, the city of Austin has developed an official policy regarding the prevention of trees affected by oak wilt.

Prevention begins with knowledge. Therefore, each city employee or contractor who works on any project in which the potential spread of oak wilt may exist receives and is required to read and understand the city’s official policy on the disease. Such employees and contractors may include project managers and equipment operators. The responsibility to provide a written copy of the city’s policy on oak wilt extends to individual city departments as well. If the possibility for the spread of the disease exists to any degree, then city departments are required to provide workers with the written policy before work commences.

Prevention policy also indicates that employees should avoid trimming or pruning oaks as much as possible from March 1st through June 1st. Austin tree trimming should only be completed during those times in which the city has deemed it safest to do so, which typically includes when the insect population responsible for transferring the fungus from tree to tree is most dormant or when the fungal spore production is minimal.

The city of Austin has also determined that any trimming or pruning wounds to oaks shall be treated immediately to prevent the spread of oak wilt. The use of a non-phytotoxic (not toxic to plants) wound dressing shall be used on injured oaks, including injuries to stumps and roots, both above ground and underground. Contact an Austin tree removal professional with your concerns if you suspect that the stump or roots of a tree on your personal property may be affected by oak wilt.

A final prevention policy requires the disinfecting of equipment used for pruning, sawing, or other required tools. This policy also speaks to the frequency with which disinfecting should occur and includes before work commences, work performed between individual trees, and before leaving a work site after work is completed. According to the city policy, acceptable forms of disinfectant are aerosol disinfectant or 10 percent bleach-water solution. Although current research does not support that doing so will prevent the transference of the disease, disinfecting of all equipment is a policy requirement of the city of Austin.

The city of Austin has established these preventative policies so that the substantial oak population within the city, whether on public or personal property, can thrive. The need for such policies shows not only the contagiousness and the extent of the widespread effects of oak wilt, but also the city’s resolve to bring the disease under control and, with time and effort, prevent it altogether. Oaks add value to the city of Austin, and the city values the oaks in return. If you live in Austin, are a homeowner with oaks growing on your property, and desire to be proactive with regard to the health and viability of your oak trees, just as the city has, contact and seek the expertise of an Austin tree care professional, who can assist you in this endeavor.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.

Treating Oak Wilt

Oak trees are a valuable addition to any landscape in Austin. However, in the recent past, many of these majestic trees have succumbed to a disease known as oak wilt. This disease is responsible for the destruction of oaks by the thousands. Although there is no known cure for the disease, there are methods for treating it, which may prolong the life of the tree. Let’s examine some of the methods for oak wilt treatment.

One of the primary ways in which oak wilt is spread is through the root system. An infected tree can easily pass the disease along to a healthy tree through an interconnected root system. This may be prevented if a buffer is put into place. A buffer severs the interconnected root system, thereby protecting a healthy oak from an infected one. Recommendations for creating a barrier include establishing a trench at least 100 feet from the nearest oak wilt-infected tree. Using the appropriate machinery, the trench should be dug at least four feet deep and then backfilled.

Another primary way in which oak wilt is spread is through sap-feeding beetles. Because these insects are more active during specific times of the year in specific locations, pruning or mowing injuries, such as cuts or wounds, may make the perfect feeding place for the beetles and, consequently, the perfect place for infestation of the fungus that causes oak wilt. Consult an Austin tree trimming specialist with questions concerning the appropriate times to prune an oak.

Since oak wilt is caused by a fungus, treatment typically includes the use of a fungicide. The fungicide is applied to the trunk using one of two methods: macro-injection or micro-injection. The essential differences between these two methods are the amount of water used in conjunction with the fungicide and the size of the holes drilled into the tree for treatment. Macro-injection requires more water and more wounding to the oak, and micro-injection requires less water and less wounding to the oak. However, both treatments typically use the same amount of fungicide. An Austin tree care professional can address any questions you may have about which method of treatment is better for your oaks.

You may prevent oak wilt by immediately covering any cuts or wounds. This can be accomplished using a wound paint and is especially important during those times of the year when insect activity is increased. By applying wound paint, a barrier both covers the injury, as well as establishes a protective layer between the wound and the fungal spores beetles may carry. This protective barrier may prevent transmission of the disease through the open wound.

Finally, another protective measure that may be taken to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to carefully examine firewood. If the origin of the firewood or its condition is in question, research suggests that it is best to cover the wood with clear plastic and secure it by digging it into the ground, thereby preventing the spread of insects if there is an infestation. To provide better protection for localized healthy oaks, use the firewood the year it is harvested. The fire will destroy any remaining spores or insects. Additionally, for oaks that die during spring or the early part of summer, dieoff should be complete, and the firewood, therefore, able to be used, by fall.

Although oak wilt has become increasingly prevalent in Austin, there are actions which can be taken to treat it or perhaps prevent it altogether. Seek the expertise of an Austin tree service to assist you in effective prevention and treatment.

About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit https://www.centraltexastreecare.com.