Dead Wooding is where branches or limbs die off within a tree and can either break off or become vulnerable. These limbs can then fall over time or during periods of high winds and storms. If dead limbs are left, they will affect the overall health of the tree as rot can set in and spread to healthy areas. This can eventually lead to fungus issues and further damage, rendering the tree beyond help.
Dead wooding is mainly used for safety and for the continued health of a tree, though there are other benefits too. A lot of dead wood in a tree reduces it’s aesthetic appearance and this in turn reduces the amount of light that can pass through and makes the tree more susceptible to high winds.
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Deadwood is not just an appearance issue—it can seriously endanger your tree and anyone who makes a habit of walking under or near it. Rotting branches can actually spread the rot like an infection into the trunk of the tree. If this happens, your tree would be in serious danger of dying.
In addition, rotting branches attract pests and predatory insects that also affect the health of your plant. When a tree is lively, it becomes a vital part of your home’s ecosystem. Conversely, when it begins dying, it can introduce problems you may not be able to predict.