Dead wooding is carried out to remove dead, diseased or dying wood and dangerous branches from within the crown. This is done for safety reasons to avoid dead wood from falling from the tree, as well as to improve the overall health and appearance of the tree.
Dead or dying branches can harbour pests, disease or fungi. Dead branches overhanging buildings, roads or pathways could fall causing damage or injury. Dead wooding is particularly recommended where children may be playing or where branches overhang pathways and roads and could damage vehicles, buildings or people.
Pruning may also include the removal of some healthy wood. This may be formative pruning to improve the future development and structure of the tree for example removing a competing leader in a juvenile tree, to thin the crown to permit new growth and better air circulation, to reduce the height of a tree to reduce shade or wind throw, to remove obstructing lower branches or simply to shape a tree for aesthetic purposes.
With fruit trees pruning can be carried out to increase yield.
Each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree, so no branch should be removed without a reason. At K&S we will discuss the job with you to ensure that pruning is carried out in the safest and most tree-friendly way to achieve the desired result.