thank you for your note. I tried to look up the City Arborists in the
blue section of the phonebook and on the http://www.moonsgarden.com/
page, without success. All I found in the blue pages is the City
Forester, (512) 476-6485; when I called that number, I got the
At this moment, we do not plan to do any pruning of the major branches.
However, there is a lot of "new growth" small branches, mostly less than
one inch thick and several feet long, sprouting just about everywhere on
the tree and the limbs. I think we should cut all of those (except the
tip of the limb), correct? I plan to cut them about one inch from the
limb, and within fif*** minutes or so cover the wound with exterior
***paint. Is that the correct procedure?
Can we cut all of them at one time? They are plenty of them, with a lot
of leaves. By pruning all of them, we would reduce the amount of leaves
on the tree by perhaps 50%. Is that acceptable? If not, what is the
correct procedure? Cut all the "new small branches" from one of the main
limbs now, and do the "new small branches" from another limb later? How
Is***paint better or worse as compared to the "special" tree paint
available in stores? What is better, the spray or the brush-applied
How often should the pruning equipment be washed with Clorox solution or
lysol to disinfect it? Is lysol better than Clorex? What about WD40?
As newcomers to Texas, we don't know how a tree infected by the oak wilt
looks -- however, I listened to the description given at the (512)
473-3517 Oak Wilt Information Line, and I do not think any of our trees
has been infected. We will go and look carefully.
Thanks again for your help, cheers, Lubos.
> Do talk to the city arborist (see the blue section of your telephone
> directory). I've noticed that David Ross has given you some advice and
> generally he knows alot of useful stuff but David is unaware of the oak
> wilt problem in some parts of Austin. The arborist has been advising that
> red oaks and live oaks be pruned in winter months (Jan. & Feb.), that
> pruning equipment be washed with clorox solution to disinfect it (oak wilt
> is a fungus) and to "paint" cuts. Latex paint works, also tree dressing.
> Elmers glue is water soluble, even if dried.
> Good luck in doing it yourself. The other trick is where to cut. Be
> careful of topping--it ruins the natural shape of the tree. Prune
> carefully and step back (after you get off the ladder) and look to see
> what's left as you go. You can't glue the limbs back on. With some
> trees, if you cut off the bud of the limb--the growing end--sometimes you
> kill the entire limb.
> The other thing is that there's lots of itinerant yardwork guys who go
> house to house looking for work. They don't necessarily know what they
> are doing. If one offers you a deal you can't refuse, be sure to watch
> them like a hawk.
> Sue Jefferys
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