Deadwooding is essentially the removal of all dead, dying, broken or diseased branches from the tree. This process is used to prevent any hazards that may be caused by falling dead branches to people or property. Deadwooding also increases the amount of light and air circulation within the canopy of the tree, reduces the risk of pests and disease, improving the overall health and beauty of the tree.
Why Your Tree Might Require Deadwooding
- Pests, disease or fungi growing on dead or dying branches.
- If dead branches are overhanging buildings, roads or pathways and may fall causing damage.
- Some of your tree’s branches have died during storms or drought.
- Lots of dead wood is clogging up the canopy of the tree.
Deadwooding is recommended in public areas where children may be playing, or places where branches overhang pathways and roads. Deadwood is harmful to a tree’s health and growth as it is a breeding ground for insects, fungus and disease. It is natural for tree’s branches to die back, especially during drought or storms. However, it is important not to let the trees to shed dead wood and damage vehicles, buildings or people.
Remedies will be suggested depending on the specific situation. The removal of dead wood or dying branches is usually for safety and/or aesthetics. Larger dead branches can be safely retained (in order to retain habitats for birds and insects) by reducing their weight and length.