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Question: Hello, I have a young oak tree about 20-25ft tall in my front yard that has very minimal leaves on top, it allmost seems like it's drying from the top down. The tree does have some leaves that sprout from the branches halfway up the tree but nothing on top. There are many other trees of this type in our community but none with this problem. Can you give me advice on what to do to try to remedy this situation.
Thank you,

Answer: Without looking at the tree and its immediate environment, I can't really diagnose the problem. Too much shade can make for a sparse canopy, as can droughty conditions. As a rule, oaks are not pruned, except to remove dead or diseased or damaged branches. However, pruning the branches back will encourage sprouting of the latent buds further down on the branch, which over time will help the canopy become thicker and more dense. If you decide to prune, do so during a dry season so you don't introduce or encourage diseases.

Good luck with your oak tree.

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