Why Removing Deadwood Is Worth Every Penny

As we discussed in our previous blog on how to winterize trees, we explained that a tree is still alive and needs to remain healthy during dormant season. Removing deadwood is a vital part of the tree winterizing process.


Let’s discuss why we remove deadwood from trees…

Deadwood removal is preventative tree care. It is the process of removing dead branches and limbs from trees, in order to prevent tree decay, insect & pest infestation, tree disease, and preserve the tree’s natural resources. It also helps the aesthetic appeal of the tree. Simply stated, removing deadwood makes your tree investment count!

Removing dead branches and damaged tree limbs encourages wound closure and prevents diseases from entering the tree. Many homeowners wait until a severe storm snaps dead branches off the tree. This exposes the heartwood of the tree. The rough ends of the broken limbs and branches make a perfect home for unwanted insects. Water is also able to stand here, which creates moisture that favors fungus and decay. Trunk rot anyone? No thanks!

But dead wood is not just broken or damaged limbs…

Deadwood RemovalDeadwood is also a natural process for many fast growing trees such as locusts, silver maples, and birch trees. Interior branches receive less sunlight and are more prone to cold damage during winter. The tree sends more sap to those branches which support the tree. Eventually the sap supply to the less productive branch is cut off, and the branch dies. If the branch is more than 1” in diameter and breaks off, it leaves a large wound.


Where to look for deadwood removal in your yard…

Focus on trees that are in your immediate front or backyard, and trees that are in high-use areas such as near a deck, patio, fire pit, or sidewalk.

All wood will eventually decay, but this process takes too long in urban settings to be safe. Dead branches become brittle which makes them prone to breaking off during storms and even light winds. A branch may cause property damage or injury when it snaps. To reduce the risk of property damage and liability, focus on trees that could fall on power lines, buildings, vehicles, and passerby’s.

Are there benefits to keeping deadwood on my property?

When deadwood is removed from the canopy, you may consider keeping it on the property. The nutrient bed benefits the landscape by encouraging a forest soil microbiology. The soil keeps moisture longer, yet drains better. It increases the ability of your trees and other surrounding plants to absorb nutrients from the soil. You will see healthier foliage and less tree disease in the future when employing this method.

If creating a natural woodlands in your yard is a priority, seek the advice of a certified arborist. While keeping the deadwood is beneficial, placement is key for building a sustainable eco-system.tree-167489_1280

If you are not confident in your skills for tree pruning, deadwood or tree removal, please call San Jose’s tree experts – Arbortek Trees. We are local, licensed, ISA certified, and insured – and we care a lot about the health of our Santa Clara County communities’ trees!

ROI on Trees? Make Your Tree Investment Count!

Trees are, without a doubt, one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. The environmental, social, and mental benefits are so great that hospitals are increasingly bringing in gardens and trees to help their patients’ state of mind and speed the healing process. (Check out Tree People’s impressive list of the Top 22 Benefits of Trees.)cash-1169650_1280

Another excellent and important benefit of trees, especially as they grow and mature, is the incredible financial benefit they can bring.

In addition to providing shade – thus, reducing energy bills – trees can dramatically increase a property’s curb appeal. The Arbor Day Foundation cites a study from Arbor National Mortgage and American Forests that says, “83 percent of realtors believe that mature trees have a ‘strong or moderate’ impact on the salability of homes listed for under $150,000; on homes over $250,000, this perception increase to 98 percent.”

The foundation also provides statistics that estimate healthy and mature trees can increase property values anywhere from 10 percent (USDA Forest Service) and 20 percent (Management Information Services/ICMA)!

So, how do you go about protecting this great investment?

  • Research: First, if you don’t have trees already on your property – or, you would like to supplement the existing trees – do some research into what types of trees would be appropriate and advisable for you. You’ll need to take factors like climate (and, California, drought), nearby structures, soil, etc. into account.
  • Plant: It’s more complicated than dropping a few seeds in the ground. You’ll need to plant trees in the right place, at the right depth, and with the right irrigation if you’re going to set your tree on the path to health and longevity.
  • Preventive maintenance: Much like your own body, trees simply do better when they’re cared for properly and expertly – far ahead of disease!

Fortunately, you’re not left on your own. The ISA-certified arborists at Arbortek can help you with each phase of the process – call us to learn more about how you can nurture and protect your trees for the long haul, and bring the best ROI possible.

The Value of earning an ISA Certfication

ISA Certified Arborist

ISA Certified Arborist

By now we hope you have read why hiring an arborist is important for the longevity of your trees.

Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Well-cared-for trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. In addition, healthy trees filter rain water to protect watersheds, absorb harmful gases to humans, moderate the effects of our climate, and reduce yearly heating and cooling costs year round.

Tree work should be done only by those trained and equipped to work safely in trees. ISA Certification is a tool to help us as an employer in both training our personnel and selecting new employees.

At Arbortek we follow the ISA Code of Ethics seriously. 

To earn an ISA Certified Arborist® credential, you must be trained and knowledgeable in all aspects of arboriculture. An ISA Certified Arborist® must first meet all requirements to be eligible for the exam, which includes three or more years of full-time, eligible, practical work experience in arboriculture and/or a degree in the field of arboriculture, horticulture, landscape architecture, or forestry from a regionally accredited educational institute.

After the field work requirement is complete, the arborist can take the ISA exam. The certification covers a large number of topics giving the candidates flexibility in the arboricultural profession. The arborist will be tested in:

  • Soil Management
  • Identification and Selection
  • Installation and Establishment
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Tree Biology
  • Pruning
  • Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Urban Forestry
  • Tree Protection
  • Tree Risk Management

(This certification is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, meeting and exceeding ISO 17024).

The benefits of the Certification Program include the following:

• Studying for and passing the exam, reaffirms to the arborist and their peers a thorough knowledge and dedication to arboriculture.

• Certification affords the public and those in government the opportunity to make an informed selection of services based on the knowledge that is represented by the certification designation.

• Becoming an ISA Certified Arborist, and maintaining the designation, provides incentives to the individual to continue his or her ongoing professional development in arboriculture.

Arbortek Trees proudly employs and supports the ongoing development and certification of our arborists. Are you interested in becoming an arborist? Make sure you partner with an organization that adheres the to ISA standards.