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.