Declining Water Oak – What Can Be Done?

Q: We have an old water oak in our front yard that the Extension service tells us is in decline. For the past three years, there has been a noticeable diminishment of leaves on the tree. What can be done? 

A: There are ways to reinvigorate a declining tree but you need the eyes of a knowledgeable arborist to help you make the decision on whether it’s worth doing for this particular tree. Go to the website of the Georgia Arborist Association (www.georgiaarborist.org) and select an ISA certified arborist to come take a look at your situation.