Oak Wilt

In an effort to maintain the beauty Garden Ridge enjoys from its numerous oak trees and to prevent and combat the spreading of destructive oak wilt, the City Council approved Ordinance No. 71 on March 5, 2014 and amended it on October 5, 2016.

Futhermore, the City Council recognizes that the recommended prevention and abatement measures are costly and that the availability of state and federal grant moneys have been significantly reduced. Therefore, the City Council approved Resolution No. 404-022017 on March 1, 2017, which established the Oak Wilt Cost Sharing Program. This program is designated for the sole purpose of reimbursing residents for a portion of approved oak wilt abatement expenses, and the intent of the policy is to provide assistance to residents who diligently worked to abate oak wilt on or near their property and that have complied with Ordinance No. 71. Oak Wilt Abatement Cost Share Program-Reimbursement Request Form

Help us fight Oak Wilt in Garden Ridge

Since 2013, the City of Garden Ridge has had three confirmed cases of Oak Wilt. Two of the cases have been treated and are contained. The third case was discovered in late November 2017 and is located in Paul Davis Park. We are currently undertaking efforts to mitigate and contain the disease in this area. Oak Wilt is a very serious pathogen that can destroy entire areas of our prized oak trees. We ask each and every resident to help us fight this devastating disease. Please consider the following:

  • Trim oaks only between July 1 and January 31.
  • Paint all wounds on oak trees immediately after trimming, even if they are caused by yard equipment or acts of nature.   This is mandatory.
  • Remind your neighbors to paint wounds on oak trees.
  • Report unpainted wounds on oak trees to the City.  
  • Tightly cover red oak firewood that has not completely dried.
  • Become educated on Oak Wilt.

Education Videos for Oak Wilt

Garden Ridge Oak Wilt Public Education Session

Oak Wilt 101

Pruning Oaks

Economic Impact on property values due to Oak Wilt 

Oak Wilt in the Hill Country and how to protect your trees

Additional Education Information

Oak Wilt Presentation-Garden Ridge-August 29, 2019

Oak Wilt information

Texas A&M Forest Services-Oak Wilt

Texas Oak Wilt Organization

informational websites

If you suspect an oak tree is infected please contact the city immediately at 210-651-6632

Our trees are important to us, 

and to fight this disease

it will take all of us working together!

Oak Tree leaves infected with Oak Wilt

Oak wilt graphics