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 ( and select an ISA certified arborist to come take a look at your situation.

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