Deadwooding is when branches that are no longer living, in the process of dying or are diseased, are removed from a tree. As a tree grows, there are often branches that die but remain attached to the tree. The process of deadwooding removes these branches and provides a healthy environment for your tree to continue to thrive.

Why is dead wooding a tree important?

Trees require regular maintenance to be healthy and grow optimally. Removing dead branches is important because;

  • It removes branches that may otherwise be dropped by the tree during a storm and cause damage to neighbouring trees or structures,
  • It removes dead timbers which can be a magnet for borers and termites,
  • It removes diseased limbs to prevent contagion to other parts of the tree or other trees,
  • It can help to prolong the life or rehabilitate a dying tree.

Deadwooding can also improve the aesthetic appearance of a tree and contribute to its structural integrity. Deadwooding can also thin the crown of the tree enabling light to pass through the crown more easily. This also assists in areas of strong winds to make the tree more resistant to wind damage.

Do I need to use an arborist to deadwood my trees?

You can dead wood your trees yourself however in the tree that has deadwood there is often a reason; an arborist can help diagnose that reason. Arborists look at the tree and use their extensive training and education to determine the cause of the dying or dead branch and whether there are other implications for the local environment and landscape. 

For example, a tree that requires dead wooding because of disease will need to have the disease diagnosed, other trees in the area inspected and the disease treated. This will ensure the health of the tree itself and its neighbours. When you simply remove the branch you have not addressed the cause of the branch death and it may continue to occur in other trees or on other branches.

An arborist will also be able to advise you if it is possible and safe to leave the affected branch in situ. Dead and decayed branches can form an important part of the micro-ecosystem and provide a haven for animals, insects and mosses. If there are no safety issues or the deadwood is not affecting the health of the tree it may be able to remain to contribute to the local environment by providing much-needed habitat.

The team at kings Landscapes is made up of qualified arborists who can advise you on any branches or trees you may be concerned about. They can then remove the dead, dying or diseased branches within the tree, returning the tree to health and vitality. Our arborists also look at the structural integrity of the tree and ensure that any other branches that need to be removed to make the tree structurally sound are removed at the same time. 

As professional arborists, our team will assess the health of the tree and recommend any other actions that may be needed to maintain optimal tree health condition.

Get in touch with our team on 07 5530 2177 for all your tree needs including dead wooding.