In a tree’s lifetime, it will likely have dead wood at some point. It can be detected if its dry and brittle. Dead branches and trees are not able to bend with the wind.
It is hazardous to keep dead wood, especially if it has already partially broken. Partially broken branches most often occur from a storm with heavy winds. These can spontaneously snap off of the tree and, if they are relatively large in size, can induce injury or harm property, although even the smaller branches can hurt if they fall from a high point of the tree.
Removing dead wood from a tree can also leave open wounds. Branches with large girths will have a longer healing time because the gaps that need to be sealed will have a larger surface area. During it’s healing stage, it is subject to fungal growth and insect infestation. If this occurs, tree pruning, or alternatively removing the entire tree, are the safest options. It is unwise to coat the wound with paint or other substances – it does not protect the tree and actually slows down the rate of healing.
Contact us immediately if you see dead wood still intact. It’s not only dangerous to humans but also to the tree itself. If the wood has been infected, it may spread to the rest of the tree, and then it will likely have to be removed. Otherwise it has a chance of collapsing in an unprotected area. That is why it’s important to notify us if you see dead wood and have it removed as quickly as possible.