Dead wood removal – why should it be done?

The main reason for dead wood removal, or dead-wooding, is one of safety. Trees that overhang public roads and pathways, public areas, houses and gardens, etc, would be considered high risk situations. Dead-wooding is one of our most popular home services.

Branches die off for a number of reasons including light deficiency, pest and disease damage and root structure damage. A dead branch will at some point decay back to the parent stem and fall off. This is normally a slow process but can be quickened by high winds or extreme temperatures.

Trees located in woodland areas are usually assessed as lower risk but such assessments need to consider the number of visitors. Usually, trees adjacent to footpaths and access roads are considered for dead wood removal.

Another reason for dead wood removal is amenity value, i.e. a tree with a large amount of deadwood throughout the crown looks more aesthetically pleasing with the deadwood removed. Dead wood removal can be carried out at any time of year and will speed up the trees natural healing process.

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