From:Belton, MO Region: Midwest Topic: Trees Title: Pruning an oak tree in Missouri in February Answered by: Barbara Medford
Can I prune an oak tree in Missouri in February?
We would not recommend doing so. Members of the Nitidulidae family of beetles, which spread the fungus causing Oak Wilt, are already active in February. This devastating disease in oak trees, for which there is no cure, is described in this USDA Forest Service website Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet 29, Oak Wilt. Note that on the map of the United States showing degree of severity of infestations Missouri appears to have a high percentage of infection. Any wound, pruning or otherwise, is an invitation to the beetle to attack the tree. The best time to prune an oak is during a cold snap in December or January. We suggest you contact the University of Missouri Extension Office for Cass County for more specific advisories on care of oak trees in your area.
More Trees Questions
Will Cedar Elm seedlings resprout from the root? November 20, 2009 - I have a number of cedar elm saplings coming up in a garden bed which I am planning on replanting. It is very difficult to remove the entire taproot below about 1.5 feet as I encounter rocks and heavy... view the full question and answer
Natural lifespan of wild plum trees May 12, 2008 - We have a small border of Wild Plum Trees in our yard. Every year it seem that one or two of the biggest trees die. Do they have a specific life span? We transplanted the trees/bushes from the panh... view the full question and answer
Seasoning oak for burning December 18, 2008 - I have an oak on my property that has been dead for at least two years. It has produced no leaves. When I cut it down (it was 93 inches around), it looked extremely healthy. We split it up and my f... view the full question and answer
Viability of Texas madrone tree in Weatherford, TX September 27, 2005 - I live in Weatherford, Texas (Parker County). Will a Madrone tree make it ok here and who sells them? view the full question and answer
Controlling native chickasaw plum July 23, 2008 - How do we kill the chickasaw plum? We have an abundance and want to get rid of them.
view the full question and answer