Dead wood removal
Dead wood removal is a process where any non-living branches or stems, due to natural ageing or external influences, are removed. Deadwood provides essential habitats and its management should aim to leave as much as possible.
Durability and retention of deadwood will vary by tree species. Dead wood is removed or shortened where there is a risk of damage or injury to public.
If a tree has extensive dieback in the upper crown, then removal of this dead wood back to the appropriate live foliage can prolong the life of a tree but unfortunately where such dieback is present the tree will usually be coming to the end of its life.
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