Freeze damage on a 20 year old pin oak #167487 - Ask Extension

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Freeze damage on a 20 year old pin oak #167487

Asked February 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

An Arborist told us that our 20 plus  pin oak needs to be fertilized due to the extensive damage done by the ice this year.  He says we are near 30 % damage.  Does it make sense to fertilize after cutting back the damaged areas?

Dallas County Texas

Expert Response


I would remove only damaged branches ten observe the tree's growth this year. If growth is satisfactory then no fertilizer is needed. If you would like more growth, then fertilize during the early spring, late spring, early summer and/or early fall during 2015.

Great Gardening!
Dale Groom, Extension Horticulturist-Dallas County
214-904-3053, 8 AM - 4:30 PM, M-F 
Dale Groom Replied February 24, 2014, 10:42 AM EST

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