Deadwooding: The Basics

The natural life cycle of growing plants routinely produces both new life and dead or dying limbs. When it comes time for these limbs to fall, however, their weight can cause harm to people, homes, places of business, and vehicles. Additionally, insect infestation is likely to occur within rotting wood, which can cause, allergy, disease, and bites in humans dwelling nearby.

The purpose of deadwooding is to maintain the overall health of your trees and the safety of your structures, family, and co-workers through a specialized tree trimming process. This process includes the removal of dead, dying, or diseased branches from within a tree and returns the tree to a state of beauty and health.

In addition to preventing insect infestation and the hazards of falling branches, deadwooding increases the amount of light and air circulation within the canopy of a tree and improves its overall aesthetic value.

When should you consider deadwooding? Signs that your tree is due for a special trim include:

  • Pests or fungi live on dead or dying branches.
  • Dead branches overhang public areas such as buildings, roads, or pathways, and threaten to cause falling damage.
  • The tree’s branches have died during storms or drought.
  • Dead wood has clogged the canopy of the tree.

Deadwooding can be performed at most times during the year. However, it is preferable to avoid the process when the tree is coming into leaf. Besides removing threats to humans, deadwooding improves quality of life for the tree by speeding up the natural abscission process and removing unwanted weight and wind resistance in order to restore the tree’s overall balance.

Deadwooding is most vital in public areas where children may be playing or car and/or foot traffic is active. While it is natural for a tree’s branches to die, dead wood actively invites fungus, insects, and disease, as well as future damage to vehicles, buildings, or people.

Through the process of deadwooding, large trees are preserved rather than cut down, since the wood rot is removed with the dead branches. In this way, the tree you climbed as a child will remain a beautiful part of your yard for your own children to climb, instead of slowly dying, threatening your vehicle, and drawing pests to your home. In addition, deadwooding increases amenity value by providing an aesthetically-pleasing natural asset to your yard or place of business, transforming what was once a rotting eye sore into a natural wonder.


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