replanting after removing dying oak

Asked November 12, 2019, 10:49 AM EST

Our neighborhood in Takoma Park has lost a number of oaks due to a combination of root rot and oak borers. I lost a large one due to root rot primarily. I want to replant with another oak in the same part of my yard. Is there a problem with putting a new oak in the same area where one died if borers were part of the problem?

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2 Responses

Yes, you can replant with oaks.

Borers and most the root rots and disease causing problems with oaks are secondary to climate change issues, i.e. drought, high heat, drowning rainfall, etc.

Here's a helpful explanation, which applies to many species of oaks as well as hickories which are also dying in large numbers: https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/ipmnet/Maryland%20Pest%20Aler..

Ellen

Yes, you can replant with oaks.

Borers and most the root rots and disease causing problems with oaks are secondary to climate change issues, i.e. drought, high heat, drowning rainfall, etc.

Here's a helpful explanation, which applies to many species of oaks as well as hickories which are also dying in large numbers: https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/ipmnet/Maryland%20Pest%20Aler..

Ellen