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cgm
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posted July 28, 2009 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cgm     Edit/Delete Message
A very large branch from an oak tree fell across the road last nite. The tree is on a neighbor's property who does not live here full time. Should the broken part of the tree be treated to avoid the potential of oak wilt?

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freewill
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posted July 28, 2009 07:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for freewill     Edit/Delete Message
Although this is not the peak season for spreading the fungus, it should be treated with a wound paint ASAP to protect the tree. I’d call the neighbor and see if you can get them to call a tree service to cleanup the limb and treat the tree. There is no need to paint the broken off limb.

To learn about Oak Wilt check this link:

http://www.na.fs.fed.us/spfo/pubs/howtos/ht_oakwilt/toc.htm#hosts

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Mr Chievous
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posted July 28, 2009 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Chievous     Edit/Delete Message
Further consideration may be warranted. From

http://www.dirtdoctor.com/newforum/root/the-ent-s-tree-tips-t1018.html


'All the black paint, tar, and other things sold (for the most part, there are one or two organic ones) for putting on a wound are at best a waste of your money and at worst harmful. Some of them even recommend you use their product when you're just doing good, clean corrective pruning.
The only time you really need to do anything is if there's a sloppy injury to a tree that has potential to get bugs or infection there- this is usually only wounds that are in a position where they might pool up some water and cause rot.
In those cases, your best bet is to apply tree trunk Goop and reapply when it's washed off now and then by rain or watering. Do so until the wound appears to be healing up well on its own. The formula is roughly:

1/3 each of:
Manure Compost
Natural Diatomaceous Earth
Soft Rock Phosphate (Wood Ashes are a suitable substitute)

Mix that in a bucket, add water until it's a paint-able slurry. The Manure Compost feeds the tree at the point of injury boosting health, the Phosphate gives it immediate access to a source for building new plant material, and the diatomaceous earth kills/drives away bad bugs that might try to use the wound as a point of entry to chewing up your tree. '

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cgm
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posted July 28, 2009 10:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cgm     Edit/Delete Message
"The only time you really need to do anything is if there's a sloppy injury to a tree that has potential to get bugs or infection there- this is usually only wounds that are in a position where they might pool up some water and cause rot."

I'm not sure this would be a "sloppy injury" as it's high up. I'm really not familiar with this problem but the "wound" looks like the branch just broke off. It's certainly exposed but I'm not sure water could pool up there.

I'll pass on the info to the property owners & hope they at least investigate the matter. I'd be very, very upset if our area were invaded by oak wilt or any other tree disease. Our trees are ancient & majestic & it would be very sad to lose them.

Thanks for all the help.

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Reddog
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posted July 29, 2009 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Reddog     Edit/Delete Message
Every oak wilt seminar I've attended says seal a cut/wound. The good news is this isn't the worst time for the spread of oak wilt.

And yo darn sure don't want it in the area. If you wish to see the destruction of oak wilt drive Willow City Loop west off 281, there are no living oak trees for miles, just dead ones.

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freewill
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posted July 29, 2009 09:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for freewill     Edit/Delete Message
To paint or not to paint, this debate has gone on forever. I used to be in the “no paint” camp until I saw the terrible destruction caused by Oak Wilt, that ‘Reddog’ mentions. I have never harmed a tree by painting the wounds and I have used all types of paint on all types of trees. I figure it’s better to be safe than sorry. I now use the $4 a can black tar stuff I got at King’s. The idea is to keep the little Nitidulid beetles away from the sap of the pruned or damaged tree. That includes damaged roots, by the way.

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cgm
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posted March 26, 2011 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cgm     Edit/Delete Message
I have an oak tree that the highest part is dead but in the lower part there are green leaves. I want to have the dead part removed but have some concerns about oak wilt. I am not aware of it being in my immediate area. How would I identify if the tree has oak wilt or not? I've read the info on Texas Oak Wilt but need something simple to use as identification. I'd like to avoid the cost of hiring a professional, if possible.

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Reddog
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posted March 28, 2011 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Reddog     Edit/Delete Message
There's a link on the extension office website http://hays-tx.tamu.edu/

Do you have the tools to do the job? Do you feel safe up in the tree cutting?

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cgm
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posted March 28, 2011 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cgm     Edit/Delete Message
Oh, no. I'm too old to climb a ladder. I'll have someone else do that job. I just need to know if I'm dealing with oak wilt or just a dead tree. I'll probably need to call out an expert, which means $$$$$.

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