Pruning a Pinoak tree

Hi, I live in Cincinnati,OH. I have a Pinoak tree that needs's almost touching the ground. I know that they are suppose to droop so I don't want to prune too much off. In the past, I have taken off a few branches that were the lowest on the trunk and had success...the tree didn't die. Should I prune now(early Spring) or wait until it stops shedding leaves and has new ones? Thanks for your help. Marie Smith
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Hi, Marie. Pin Oak trees should be pruned in the winter months (sometime between December and February) to avoid Oak Wilt disease. You can remove the lower branches to give yourself some headroom, but it'd be best to just remove a few each year so that the pruning is done in stages.

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