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Pruning Oak in August (IL)

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From: Rick Graden
Glenarm, IL
I planted pin, red and chinkapin oak 5 years ago to sell. They are now ready to sell and I need to prune them to shape them before showing them. I know that November is the best time to prune - but can I prune the oak trees now (mid-August)?



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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
You can, but I would wait until dormant season for several reasons: (1) oak wilt, and (2) translocation of nutrients from the leaves back into the tree. The latter is especially important due to last year's drought!

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