What Is Deadwooding and Why Should You Do It?
Picture this. You’re walking down the street on a blustery day, and you see dead-looking tree limbs on several trees in a neighborhood that is normally healthy and pleasant. All of a sudden a huge gust of wind sends a large, rotting tree branch plummeting to the ground, landing dangerously close to you. You could have been injured.
In our last blog－Tree Pruning: When should you do it?－we discussed safety as a primary reason you should prune your trees, in addition to curb appeal and tree health. One particular pruning method, deadwooding, specifically involves the removal of dead branches from an otherwise healthy tree. This process offers a few benefits to homeowners, property managers, and the general public.
The 4 Benefits
1. Tree Health. The first and foremost concern of deadwooding is a tree’s overall health. If dead branches remain attached, rot can spread to the trunk, roots, and other branches. It also attracts insects and promotes growth of fungi, causing further damage, deterioration, and even disease. More often than not, limbs on shadier sides of a tree die because they are light-deficient; thus, removing dead limbs opens up the tree for more light penetration to the other limbs. Lastly, deadwooding removes dead weight from the tree, increasing its overall wind resistance.
The less healthy a tree is, the more it detracts from curb appeal and escalates safety concerns.
2. Curb Appeal. Unhealthy trees can diminish the aesthetics of an otherwise beautiful home, park, or other property. In turn, your property value also decreases.
3. Safety. Every year, storms, high winds, and temperature extremes wreak havoc on dead branches and trees. Low wind resistance and limb weakness can ultimately lead to damage to your property or injury to people. In 2007, a woman was severely harmed from the fall of a rotted branch in New York. To prevent injury, deadwooding is an important process that should be completed at any time throughout the year as it is needed.
Additionally, for the safety of your family or park-goers, tree swings should never be attached to a dead limb.
4. Liability. While dead limbs could affect your own property, it could also damage others’ property, such as a car parked on the street. Neglecting to remove dead wood from your trees could set you up for insurance claims and even litigation.
Deadwooding is an extremely necessary tree maintenance procedure that keeps your trees healthy and aesthetically pleasing and that keeps individuals, homes, and other property safe. It should be done as soon as dead branches are noticed at any time of the year. If you need an inspection or safe removal of dead wood, contact us today.