Dead Wood


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Dead Wood

A slang term for a formerly productive employee who no longer contributes in any significant way.
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With fires largely suppressed over the last century, dead wood and needles have accumulated on the ground while middleaged trees have risen unimpeded toward the forest canopy -- the ceiling of leaves and needles formed by older, taller trees.
We recommend providing a variety of sizes of dead wood, some lying down and some standing, to give secret but needy wildlife a chance of finding exactly what it wants.
Hedge-laying involves removing dead wood and cutting part way through the base of the trees until they can be laid at an angle and held in place by stakes.
When ordinary people are being asked to make sacrifices, the least they can expect is a clearout of the dead wood who caused this crisis.
Cut dead wood in the spring and trim their side-shoots after flowering.
Clearing out the dead wood is fine but if Martin O'Neill and Randy Lerner are serious about pushing for Europe they need to be adding to the squad, not taking away.
SO ANDREA Corr has finally got rid of the dead wood and launched her solo career.
17, Glovers Close, Meriden - removal of dead wood from a tree and a 15 per cent crown reduction.
Once plums have been picked, prune back side shoots to three leaves and cut out dead wood.
Aberdeen boss Steve Paterson has got rid of the dead wood and brought in young faces but they have remained inconsistent and have only won once in their last six.
So come on Camelot, start repaying punters by getting rid of all this dead wood and making the lower prizes more acceptable.