4 Benefits of Deadwooding

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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.

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Tree Pruning: When should you do it?

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A guide to pruning common central Virginia trees.


Some of you may be wondering, “What exactly is tree pruning, and why does it matter to me?” Tree pruning is typically the removal of dead, diseased, or weak branches. The benefits of this process are threefold: it promotes and sustains healthy growth, prevents damage to property or injury to individuals, and improves curb appeal. Removing unnecessary limbs can eradicate infestation or disease, as well as provide more light and airflow for better growth. In some cases, trees do not grow properly, interfering with their environment (e.g., power lines and building clearance), and must be corrected.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) provides more detailed information on the importance of tree pruning at TreesAreGood.org. Another great resource is the Virginia Department of Forestry which offers specific information on the process itself.

This is all well and good, but when exactly do you need to prune trees for the best results? This information is hard to find, and you’re not likely to find it laid out all in one place. That’s why we want to help. Proper deadwood removal can be done at any time throughout the year. Nonetheless, not all seasons are created equal. If your trees need more drastic pruning than weak or dead limbs, follow the guidelines below, but take care not to over-prune.

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4 Reasons to Avoid “Cut-rate” Tree Services

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As the old saying goes, “You get what you paid for”. That is certainly true in the tree service industry. Unfortunately, there are countless “cut-rate” tree services out there that might literally be just a guy, a pickup, and a chainsaw. No accreditation. No safety protocol. Just a cheap price tag and a lot of headaches. Here are four reasons you shouldn’t cut corners when choosing a tree service:

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