Oak tree pruning

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Oak tree pruning

I have an Oak tree at my house that is in need of some serious pruning. I have only lived here for a year so I'm unsure how or what damaged the tree, but it appears to be healing. How should I go about pruning the lower branches to balance everything out? Do I need to wait until the leaves change colors or fall off? I've been unable to find a local certified arborist to prune it, and I can't say that I trust just any local tree trimmer. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-12-13, 04:01 AM
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It looks as if the tree has had a lightning strike. Any pruning you do will need to be done in the dead of winter so the sap will be retracted. Usually oak trees can take good pruning with stride, as yours does need to have a lot of weight off one side removed. I would definitely have an arborist look at it whenever possible for a prognosis of longevity, as I think its days may be numbered.
 
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Consult with a proper arborist or tree surgeon like Chandler mentioned. It looks like the tree has had a couple years healing and is growing around to close off the damaged area but you could end up with a tree that has a hollow dead center. The specialist may suggest removing the tree altogether.
 
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In the second photo from the top, the tree is leaning to the left due to the large limbs growing to the left near the bottom of the canopy. Shorten theses limbs to give the tree a more symmetrical shape. Do the pruning in late fall. Come back with more specific questions about pruning methods.
 
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Thanks for the replies everyone, unfortunately there are no arborists that are willing to take a look at it. The nearest ones are an hour away, and they won't come out this far to look at it.
 
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Close to the house (strike 1), crooked trunk (strike 2) and a large area of dead wood in the core (strike 3).

If the tree looked good this year I'd say it will survive and can be pruned to help improve it's balance and symmetry. If it were out in a field or further from the house I'd say go for it but it's core is damaged and I would not want that tree getting to a size that could threaten my house.

1. You can treat the tree well now. It will probably grow and look mostly good and in years may provide shade for your home. It also will likely have a hollow core and may come down in a strong wind damaging the house.

2. You can treat the tree well now and monitor it for the next several years then decide later if you want to remove it or not.

3. Take the tree down now and get a new, healthy tree started in it's place.
 
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I agree with #3 above. Take it down.
 
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