Top Questions About Live Oak Trees

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Questions About Live Oak Trees

Asked by
Anonymous on
February 25, 2014

Q. Grass

What grass will grow in shade under a live oak tree?

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 8, 2014

Q. Weed Killer by Method of Spray

Bought today one of those weed controls sprays that connects to garden hose. I did my entire front yard but now I’m worried about the rain that it is coming to San Antonio, Texas this comming Wed. could hurt my live oak in the front yard. Would the chemical hurt any trees? I’m not planning to water my grass tomorrow to make sure most have evaporated. How long does this type of chemical stay in the soil? (Spectracide- weed stop for lawns) I read your article where it says it usually takes 24 to 72 houes to evaporate. Should I be worried?

Answered by
Nikki on
November 30, -0001
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I think much of it should be evaporated by then with the remaining washed away by any incoming rain. I would not expect this to have a major effect on your oak tree.

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Asked by
Elidajaim3 on
June 19, 2016
San Antonio TX. 78228

Q. Live Oaks

When a live oak tree produces sprouts from its roots, will that sprout necessarily become a thick branch as part of the trunk?

Answered by
LuvaLeigh on
June 20, 2016
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Asked by
mflem on
September 4, 2016
Houston, Texas 77090

Q. transplanting oak trees

I recently purchased two Live Oak trees (6 feet tall?). Over the last 10 years I have lost 3 tall and beautiful Oaks to hurricanes, so I know that they will grow in my yard, but I am wondering if I need to prepare the soil for these transplants. My yard’s soil is largely clay. Any suggestions for the planting?

Thanks,
Mike

Answered by
Alisma on
September 5, 2016
Certified Expert
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As this article explains, live oak's ideal soil type is a loam with acidic pH, but these trees are tolerant of many soil conditions:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/oak/live-oak-tree-care.htm

Alkaline soils can cause nutrient absorption problems in oaks, so if a soil test shows yours is significantly above 7, amend your soil to a neutral or slightly acidic pH. The most important consideration is to make sure these large trees will have enough room to grow in your chosen location.

Here are some articles with suggestions for planting:

https://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4dmg/Trees/command.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/watering-newly-planted-tree.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
February 3, 2017

Q. Massive amount of spider web roots

Many small spider web roots around a Live Oak tree are shooting up into tiny tree like sprouts. Too much dirt was around the tree and roots just went wild. I am having the small roots cut out to surrounding ground level. What can be done to prevent this from reoccurring?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
February 4, 2017
Certified Expert
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Unfortunately there is really nothing that can be done to stop an Oak Tree from growing sprouts.
This is the trees nature to propagate in this manner; since the sprouts are connected to the main tree, any chemical application can kill the tree.
The best approach is to keep them in check by cutting them as soon as they appear or digging them out.

Another suggestion may be to plant a grass, like St Augustine or Zoysia. When cutting the grass the sprouts will be cut as well.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 11, 2017

Q. Identifying a type of tree

I am trying to identify a type of tree I have seen used as an ornamental in landscaping. The leaves look like an oak leaf. The trees keep their leaves through the winter (although they turn brown) and drop them in the spring just before the new leave come out. The trees only grow 10 to 20 ft tall, and about 5 ft wide, in a cylindrical shape. They seem like they would make a great privacy screen between houses. Can anyone tell me what kind of tree I am looking for. PS I live in Northern UT.
Doug

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 11, 2017
Certified Expert
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There are many cultivators of Dwarf Oak's.
You may want to take an image to your local County Extension Office for help in identifying the trees that are growing in your specific region.
Here are some links with more information.

http://forestry.usu.edu/htm/city-and-town/tree-selection/oaks-for-utah
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/oak/common-oak-trees.htm
http://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/technology/pdfs/fieldguide.pdf
http://forestry.usu.edu/files/uploads/nr460.pdf

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Asked by
tdichiro on
October 16, 2017
zone 7

Q. Live Oak Seedlings.

Does anyone out there know of the best source to secure some live oak tree seedlings? I would even take some semi-mature young trees.

Answered by
BushDoctor on
October 18, 2017
Certified Expert
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The best thing would be to ask your local nurseries, or look around online. I have ordered many plants from many different online places from around the world, and most of the time everything turns out just fine.

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