Dead wood that’s left in a yard is a disaster waiting to happen. That old stump or dead branches on your otherwise healthy trees might look unassuming, but they have the potential to cause a couple distinct problems:
- Dead branches can fall during storms onto structures or people. If you leave a dead branch on a tree that’s above your car or house, you might wake up after a thunderstorm to a big problem.
- Wood is food and shelter for insects and other types of pests. Termites are the first ones to come to mind. Termites cause more damage to human property that any other insect. They are attracted to organic material that they can chew through. Once on a property, they will continue to look for new wood to eat, including house beams or supports. Mice, rats, and opossums can all hide out in old stumps and eventually find their ways into your house.
- Dead trees also make a yard look a lot less tidy and kept up. If you want to make sure that your home is respectable, having dead wood removed is a must. You don’t want to live for your neighbors’ good opinion, but having a tidy property makes it easier to tend.
With all of these reasons for dead wood removal, we’re sure you’ll want to get down to it. Here are specifics of how to get it taken care of during the best time of the year: late winter.
Trimming Trees and Shrubs
On trees, you’ll want to prune dead wood during the late winter or early spring at the latest. This is because trees are dormant in the winter and there are less diseases prevalent. Most trees bud in the spring, and if they have open wounds from being clipped, it will inhibit their energy designated for growth. They may not have enough energy to heal and then bugs can attack the soft, exposed wood.
Shrubs can be shaped and made to look great at the same time. Especially for large shrubs, shaping them trains them to grow in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Removing Stumps and Piles of Wood
For stumps and piles of dead wood, removing them in the late winter makes it possible for the grass or foliage to grow where they sat and fill in. A dead tree will kill any plants below it and leave an ugly yellow or brown patch. You can put grass seed down right after removing the dead wood and no one will be the wiser come summer.