SOME BULLET POINTS AND COMMENTS BY BILL & MARY Branch who have removed 13 infected trees so far :
Some bullet points I took from the MSU document that need to be emphasized, (my added comments in parenthesis):
> Avoid pruning and other activities that are likely to wound oaks from April through July. (Storm damage wounds in this time frame should be treated with a tree wound paint asap)
> Be certain that oak wilt is the cause of dying oaks before considering any treatment. (Should be confirmed by a lab test, we used MSU)
> Infected areas should be marked and delineated by experienced individuals. (I can help anybody with marking their perimeter if they have lab confirmed oak wilt, the perimeter location is critical)
> Symptomatic trees require special disposal care.
> Treatment choice will depend on a number of factors, such as cost, availability of equipment, environmental conditions, and human infrastructure. > Removal of affected red oaks should be done in the dormant season following marking, delineation, and trenching.
> Monitor the site for at least three years, re-treatment may be necessary.
> Consider reforestation options. (I will be investigating recommended trees to plant and keep you informed)