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Oak Tree Trimming: When, Why, and How to Do It

A simple guide to trimming your oak and keeping your tree healthy and thriving.  Unless you are an arborist, the thought of trimming the oak tree in your yard could be daunting. How to start, what to look for, and what could go wrong are just a few of the questions you may have. Worrying about your safety and the health and safety of your tree is common and appropriate. An untrained trimmer could cause irreparable damage during the oak tree trimming. This guide can help you understand what makes an oak tree special, as well as the when's, why's, and how-to's, to make your oak tree the envy of the neighborhood. What is an Oak Tree? To start, get to know your tree a little. What is referred to as the common oak tree, is actually a member of the beech family, Fagaceae. One of over 600 varieties worldwide in fact. They prefer a northern temperate zone. Though in the tropics they can be found at high altitudes. Frequently a mature oak can grow as much as 30-40 meters. With a spread diameter anywhere from 25-45 meters. If properly maintained, a simple oak tree can live for 100-300 years. And produce about 10 million acorns during its lifetime. All the more reason to keep your oak tree healthy and strong. Why Trim an Oak Tree? A wild, unkempt oak tree can cause a property owner a myriad of problems. Dead and diseased branches are in constant danger of falling off. Dead branches can...

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