Oak Wilt prevention Rockville, MD

Asked February 16, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

An Oak tree with one-third of its bark already on the ground over the past year, was cut down yesterday. The 30” stump is a sad reminder that the old tree may still be standing if not for the Oak Wilt Disease. Our property backs to Cabin John Park. There are 100’s if not a 1,000 trees. What should be done to prevent the disease from ravaging the trees in the park and on our property? Thank you,

Montgomery County Maryland disease issues oak decline trees

1 Response

It is important for you to know that Oak Wilt is not active in Maryland.

While oaks can decline for multiple reasons, Oak Wilt disease is not the reason.

Here is a page that discusses the other things that can cause oak decline and death:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/why-oak-trees-are-declining

and a recent similar blog post by our pathologist: https://marylandgrows.umd.edu/2017/09/11/why-are-oaks-declining-dr-dave-describes-3-oak-diseases/

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