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Oak Wilt Notice

posted Aug 18, 2013, 3:38 PM by Forest Ridge
We wanted to make you aware an isolated case of Oak Wilt has been found in Garden Ridge. Oak Wilt is the most destructive infectious disease affecting live oaks and red oaks in Central Texas. Below is a brief description of how you can reduce the risk of Oak Wilt spread. 
  • Always paint fresh wounds on oaks with wound dressing or latex paint immediately after pruning or live tree removal at all times of the year. 
  • Wounds can also result from wind, yard equipment, new construction , animals, etc. 
  • Clean all pruning tools with 10% bleach solution or Lysol between sites and/or trees. 
  • Avoid any pruning or wounding of oaks between February 1 and June 30 each year. 
  • Debris from diseased red oaks should be immediately chipped, burned or buried. 
To learn more about Oak Wilt and ways to protect your trees from it, please visit www.texasoakwilt.org or call Texas A&M Forest Service at 512-339-4589. Contact City Hall if you notice unpainted or untreated wounds on oak trees or if you suspect Oak Wilt.
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