Deadwooding My Dragon Tree

That’s what the tree maintenance company that I hired called this task of removing dead vegetation from my dragon tree (very little in the way of dead branch removal, which is what deadwooding typically refers to, but more in the way of dead leaf removal).

The leaves of this glorious tree are wide and long, so when many of them fall on the ground at once, it can be quite the task to rake! Many of the dead leaves tend to fall down on their own, thank goodness, but there are enough stragglers up high in the tree to make it not practical for me to climb the tree and pluck out dead leaves one by one (thank goodness for the tree maintenance company).

The last time my large dragon tree was deadwooded was summer of 2008. So far, it looks okay, still aesthetically pleasing. And the chore of removing dead leaves on a tree such as this really is about aesthetics, keeping my tree neat and tidy looking (deadwooding for other trees may be important for other reasons, such as reducing combustible material in fire season, public safety, and vector control, among others). While I leave deadwooding of the large tree to the professionals, the smaller one by my front door, I do myself.

Check out the rust-colored remnants of beautiful sap at the base of  the leaves underneath my little dragon tree. Nothing about this tree is subtle!

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