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Best Time of Year to Prune Oak Trees?

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From: Lorri Parizek
Lisle , IL
What months are best for trimming and cutting dead branches from my giant tree?

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From: Jay Hayek
Extension Specialist, Forestry
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Hi Lorri:

The safest time of year to prune oak trees is November through February. These late fall through winter dates will place your tree comfortably outside "oak wilt" season.

Best, Jay

From: Helen Langston
Springfield, IL
Since it’s been so warm this winter would it be better wait until next year to trim my oak trees, or is it safe to trim through February?

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