Monday, January 13, 2014

The Dangers of Deadwood

Did you remember to prune your trees before the winter hit?  If not, take a good look at the trees around you.  We've been hit hard by quite a bit of snow and really cold temperatures. This is not a good combination for our precious trees!

Heavy snow falls and the rigid temps are both a hazard for trees. The weight of snow on tree branches can cause branches and even entire trees to break.  We have no control over where they break, how they break or what they land on when it is nature that takes down the branches. The only way to control this is through pruning. When nature causes tree limbs to break we can only hope they don't harm a car, home or person.

Here are a few things to look for in your trees to determine if they may pose a hazard in the next big snow fall.

Look for:
~Broken or loose branches
~Trunks or branches with missing bark
~Leaning trees and other root problems
~Weak branch connections
~Cracks and splits
~Evidence of significant decay

A really good explanation of how to recognize hazardous defects in trees can be found here. And also here.
Trees continually grow and die. It is just a natural part of a tree's life for part to die off.  However, the deadwood is hazardous if not removed. These are the parts that are most likely to break and potentially cause injury. So, pruning your trees to remove the major deadwood before the snow hits is good practice.

Rule of thumb, you should have deadwood removed every 2-3 years or more often.  If your tree is healthy and you live in a climate that has extreme weather in the winter and summer, then a good hazard pruning yearly would be optimum.

This is dangerous work. Leave it to the pros.  Trees "R" Us, Inc. is a professional tree service that has more than 10 years experience doing hazard pruning. We offer much more than just hazard tree pruning, but in these winter months, pruning is one of our most popular services.

Trees "R" Us is located in Wauconda, but we service the North Shore, the Northwest suburbs, Lake county and McHenry county.  We have a large crew that works year round and plenty of trucks to handle multiple jobs at once.

Check us out at or if you need assistance with pruning your trees this winter, email me directly at

Thanks for reading!


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