Tips for Live Oak Tree Care

Tree ServiceTrees have been an iconic and significant symbol throughout history. They represent strength and timelessness. Live oak trees like those found in the Gainesville area are some of the most magnificent found here on earth. Oaks like all living things need to be taken care of to help to grow to their greatest potential and majesty.

Here are some tips for keeping your trees healthy day in and day out.

Fertilizing –

In natural or undisturbed conditions, a mature oak tree does not need to be fertilized; however, in a case where planting, uprooting, or nearby ground disturbance has occurred, it is important to administer some fertilizer to the base of the tree. This will help the oak get more comfortable with its new surroundings quicker.

Fertilizer is also necessary for unhealthy trees that may require extra nutrients to survive. Fertilizing an oak will balance the phosphorus, potassium and nitrogen nutrients in which are needed to grow greener richer foliage. Ensuring your tree with enough nutrients to help with the foliage growth will increase the capacity to capture sunlight and produce food and energy.

Soil cover

In order to avoid erosion or root damage, it is important to maintain a few inches of soil cover over the roots of the tree. This soil cover should extend about six feet from the tree trunk and should not cover the trunk.


Generally, mature oak trees do not require much irrigation, and supplemental watering can create a ripe environment for disease causing pathogens. However, if the tree has been uprooted or transplanted, or even just a little guy, some extra precautions might be good and will help your live oaks thrive.

Pruning –

While mature oaks do not necessarily require pruning, all trees require the occasional dead branch or twigs cleaned off. It is very important to prune younger less mature oaks so that their branches can grow to be strong and the canopies/ foliage can spread to form a grander, wider range of shade.  For the best results you should use the tree services of a professional tree service like the professionals Mr. Tree and Lawn Service.

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