Keeping your property well-maintained is more than just a way to improve your curb appeal. It can also protect your home and preserve the health of all the vegetation on your land. Your property upkeep should include, among other things, tree trimming and deadwood removal. Let’s talk about a few reasons why these tasks need to be made a priority and who should be responsible for checking them off your property maintenance to-do list.

Why is Tree Trimming and Deadwood Removal Necessary?

Deadwood, which often occurs naturally in older trees, can be caused by disease, fungi, dehydration, or even weather (like storms or a lack of sunlight). While the tree itself is very much alive, certain branches may die off. These dead branches need to be removed for several different reasons.

Better Aesthetic Value: One of the more obvious reasons for deadwood removal is to improve the visual appeal of the tree. Having a lot of deadwood can make a tree look less than attractive, but removing those branches can restore its visual balance. If you have several trees on your property that have dead branches, removing them can make your home seem more welcoming overall.

Improved Tree Health: The presence of deadwood does not mean that the tree itself is dead or dying. Removing the deadwood can allow the tree to grow and thrive. But leaving deadwood as it is can impede a tree’s ability to grow into a desirable shape and size. And if you allow deadwood to break off naturally — say, during a rough windstorm — this can actually cause further damage to the tree’s health. This will expose what’s known as the heartwood; this can result in increased pest activity, fungal growth, or diseases to take hold. In the end, this can cause trunk rot and other substantial problems. If you want to protect the existing tree, deadwood removal (along with regular tree trimming) is a must.

Property Damage Prevention: It’s important to remember that delaying deadwood removal won’t merely risk the health of the tree itself. This can also increase the likelihood of property damage or even human injury. Failing to have deadwood removed or trim your trees properly can increase the chances that a branch will be broken off during a storm. Even a spring breeze could cause a branch to fall, resulting in damage to your home or physical harm to your family. In areas where wildfires are common, dead branches can also present a huge hazard. These branches are more likely to catch fire, which can make a catastrophic event even worse. Ultimately, this is a huge liability — so it’s essential to remove deadwood and keep your trees trimmed back to prevent these types of scenarios from occurring.

Should Homeowners Remove Dead Trees or Branches Themselves?

Now that you understand the importance of removing deadwood, you might be wondering whether this is a job you can do yourself. In most cases, it’s best to leave tree and branch removal to the professionals. A permit may be required to remove dead trees, while a professional tree company can assess the best course of action for dead branches. They’ll have access to both the equipment and expertise required to minimize the risk of property damage and to protect the health of your existing trees.

If you’re worried about deadwood or simply want to ensure your tree trimming adheres to wildfire prevention standards, we’re here to help. Contact us at (530) 221-9427 to learn more.