Deadwooding is a process carried out on trees to remove dead branches to make them safer and healthier. If you have noticed any weakened branches on a tree on your property, you may be wondering if tree deadwooding is a worthwhile option. In this guide, we will run down in more detail what tree deadwooding is and its benefits to help you to better understand why you should opt for it.
What is deadwooding?
Deadwooding is a surgical procedure where dead branches are removed from a tree. It is a type of pruning that aims to support a tree in its growth. Branches can die for many reasons, such as one side of a tree being shaded, or pests or diseases appearing. Whatever the cause, branches cannot regrow once they have started to decay and will eventually fall off. This is why deadwooding is highly recommended, and below we will list some of the key benefits.
The most obvious reason that deadwooding is important is that dead branches pose a major safety risk, especially if they are large or are situated near a street or in a well-used garden. The branch can unpredictably fall at any time and cause serious damage to both people and property.
This factor is closely related to safety. Dead branches add unnecessary weight to a tree which could make it unstable, especially in poor weather conditions. Trimming these removes the additional weight which can improve the overall balance of the tree. If an arborist thinks removing the branch will make the tree off balance, they can judge whether to also remove a branch from the other side of the tree.
Like all pruning techniques, deadwooding is designed to encourage the tree to direct energy to healthy branches and grow more effectively. It also increases airflow and light that passes through the tree canopy, improving health overall. If the branch is infected, it must be removed to reduce the risk of infection or pests spreading to the trunk. Even if they weren’t there before, a dead branch that is left on the tree could attract these issues.
A tree with dead branches will appear unhealthy and unsightly, so deadwooding is important to improving the overall appearance of a tree. An arborist can prune both sides of the tree to keep it looking well-balanced and attractive.
Why contact a professional?
Hiring a professional arborist to carry out deadwooding is vitally important because it can be a dangerous job, especially if the tree is very large. Arborists have the correct equipment and knowledge to carry out the procedure safely and efficiently. They are also better equipped to make decisions on which branches need to be pruned and how to treat a diseased tree. Someone inexperienced attempting to deadwood a tree could result in injury or an ineffective job, which may lead to more time and money needed to treat the tree in the future.