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How to Identify and Care for an Oak Tree

Catering to tree service can be a rejuvenating and an extremely fulfilling experience. Whether you are a constant gardener or just a hobbyist, oak tree service can be a little challenging if you haven’t attended to the large deciduous king of the plant kingdom before. Before you think of doing some oak tree service, it is important to understand the different types of oak trees. Every type of oak tree cannot be attended to in the same manner.

Identifying An Oak Tree

There are four type of oak tree that are predominantly found in North America.

Live Oak - Quercus virginiana

Live Oak doesn’t have the conventional toothed leaves. It would have circularly elongated leaves (technically broadleaf) which would also have a darker shade of green. Live Oak is found mostly in the warmer regions in the US and despite being inherently deciduous this variety is evergreen and doesn’t shed its leaves in the fall.

Northern Red Oak - Quercus rubra

Northern Red Oak is found in Canada and also Midwestern US with some found in Eastern US as well. The best way to identify this variety is again by looking at its leaves. It would have toothed leaves in a simple alternate pattern. The number of pointed lobes could be anywhere from 7 to 11.

Pin Oak - Quercus palustris

Pin Oak has slimmer leaves, similar to the foliage of Northern Red Oak but less clusters and less lobes. Pin Oak is deciduous and sheds leaves during winter.

White Oak Quercus alba

White Oak doesn’t have sharp toothed leaves. The foliage is deciduous broadleaf and the pattern of the lobes are simple and alternate but circular.

Caring For An Oak Tree

An oak tree doesn’t require a lot of tree service when it is completely matured. But at its nascent stages, it would require extreme diligence and care in two areas – soil and diseases. Oak tree requires a lot of moisture in the soil to grow. It cannot grow on weakly bound soil because inherently it is a large plant which is set to mature and grow much broader and heavier than other normal trees. Oak trees have a threat from forest tent caterpillar, gypsy moth, oak leaftier, oak leafroller and scarlet oak sawfly so you may wish to include the insecticides that prevent any damage. Your tree service would be incomplete if you aren’t ready with remedies or prevention methods for diseases like anthracnose, oak tatters, oak wilt, powdery mildew and wetwood which are common problems of an oak tree.

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