Asked on Oct 12, 2012

Trimming limbs on young oak trees

Ellen HBill PDouglas Hunt


We have 12 oak trees 12-15 ft tall that were planted around our church parking lot three years ago. Limbs cover all but the bottom four ft of the truncks. Should we trim off the lower limbs so that the limbs will not grow into the parking area and so they will produce a nice canopy?
5 answers
  • 3po3
    on Oct 13, 2012

    This should probably be done in the winter, and I would hire a professional arborist.

  • Becky H
    on Oct 13, 2012

    Steve, down here, we do it in the Fall or early Spring. As I'm sure you know, during those periods most active growth is root growth, and pruning is less likely to shock the plant at those times.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Oct 13, 2012

    I would bring in an arborist as well. They can evaluate each tree and make additional pruning cuts that will help protect your substantial investment. They can also advise you on the proper pruning time for oaks in your area. Doing so at the wrong time can make them susceptible to oak wilt.

  • Bill P
    on Oct 13, 2012

    Questionn was should we trim, not when. I'll check with an arborist. Thanks Bill

  • Ellen H
    on Oct 13, 2012

    Someone at the extension service in your area can advise on limbing up trees. But the answer to your question is yes, they should be limbed up and it should be done as they grow, preferably not when you are cutting huge branches off the trees. But you should never cut too many limbs at one time. The Extension service can tell you how to make proper pruning cuts and how many limbs you should cut at one time.

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