The City of Boerne is conducting oak wilt mediation at the City Cemetery. These activities include the removal of some trees that have died from oak wilt infection and others that are being treated to slow the spread and hopefully reduce the impact on the oak trees in the cemetery.
Recently, the Boerne Parks and Recreation Department had 20 live oak trees treated near where the tree removal is taking place. Those trees are wrapped in green tape.
There is another batch of trees within 100 feet of where the City is removing a cluster of trees, wrapped in pink tape, that are being treated with a different preventive.
As you can imagine, there are a lot of trees that have been flagged to monitor the treatment.
These actions have been timed appropriately to provide the maximum benefit to the trees and give them the best chance at survival. The City is hopeful these actions will slow the spread of the disease.
What is Oak Wilt?
Oak wilt is an infectious disease caused by the fungus Bretziella fagacearum, which disables the water-conducting system (xylem) in oaks and leads to the eventual death of the tree. All oaks can be infected by the fungus that causes oak wilt; however, some oak species are affected more than others. Successful management of oak wilt depends on correct diagnosis and an understanding of how the pathogen and different oak species interact.
Oak Wilt Management in Boerne
The City of Boerne's Urban Forestry program provides care and maintenance of trees on City-owned properties and advocates for the preservation of existing trees on residential and commercial development projects within the City limits. Use the links below to learn more about oak wilt management and the oak wilt incentive program.