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peterp63 04-13-2021 01:13 PM

Live Oak Trimming
 
Wife wants our live oaks to someday resemble the nice big old suckers like the ones downtown. Would yall pay an arborist to trim or start hacking away yourself? Our trees are still fairly young but Im told the earlier the better for this type of thing.

If not, any recommend strategy???

texan16 04-13-2021 01:31 PM

Pretty easy to trim them up yourself, but if it were me I wouldnt do any major trimming/pruning right now. I do all mine in January/February.

nbrantr 04-13-2021 01:34 PM

that's when I do all of ours too

riverbowman 04-13-2021 01:40 PM

I have two that needed pruning in order to make them look more like you are going for. I cleaned all the trash limbs & suckers out of the middle of the tree and left the big cutting to an arborist. It wasn't that expensive and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. They also gave me all kinds of advice on care of the trees long term while they were there. Worth it.

Ishi&Elvis 04-13-2021 01:43 PM

You can trim in the heat of the summer also, but use some pruning spray. Just do not cover the entire wound.

riverbowman 04-13-2021 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ishi&Elvis (Post 15568157)
You can trim in the heat of the summer also, but use some pruning spray. Just do not cover the entire wound.

This. The arborist told me they do substantial live oak trimming year round and healthy trees do fine as long as proper "wound care" practices are followed.

peterp63 04-14-2021 07:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by riverbowman (Post 15568170)
This. The arborist told me they do substantial live oak trimming year round and healthy trees do fine as long as proper "wound care" practices are followed.


Yep, Ive been reading oak wilt is most present during Spring and Summer months and the spray actually inhibits healing.

If anyone has a good link to help guide pruning of these trees it would be much appreciated.

Mission408 04-14-2021 07:08 AM

If anyone has a recommendation of an arborist south of dfw it would be appreciated.


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