Copy 7 oak wilt: cause, prevention and treatments


A: Yes, it is perfectly safe. You cannot spread oak wilt in smoke



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A: Yes, it is perfectly safe. You cannot spread oak wilt in smoke. What happens to most living organisms if you set them on fire? They die.
The problem is moving around infected firewood. If the wood is dry, seasoned, the bark peels off of it easily, something you would want to put in your fireplace anyway, because it’s dry and isn’t going to just sit there and smoke and smolder, it is fine; it is safe. Whether it died from oak wilt or not, as long as it is dry, it is safe. When you drop the moisture in the wood below 20%, the fungus dies.
If the wood is still green, and you cut it from an oak wilt-affected tree, leave the wood on site until it seasons and dries. Then you can safely move it. It must be dry. Generally here in Hill Country, hot as it gets in the summer, if you cut the wood in the Spring, you can burn it that Winter. If you cut wood in November, let it sit because it will not dry out enough for use this Winter.
How do you deal with oak wilt?

There are four ways:





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