Understanding the Significance of Deadwooding

by Paul Thomas - / 01.11.2023

At Elite Trees we recognise that trees are an invaluable part of your property’s landscape. However, like all living organisms, trees need proper care to ensure their health, safety, and longevity. This is where our expertise in dead wooding comes into play. In this blog, we will delve into the art of deadwooding, explaining its crucial importance, and showcasing how our skilled professionals perform this task with precision and care.

What is deadwooding?

Deadwooding, a term familiar to arborists, is not just another tree care task; it is an essential practice that offers numerous benefits for both the tree and the surrounding environment. Here’s why it is significant.

Safety Comes First

Dead or dying branches are inherently unstable, posing a significant hazard to people, property, and the tree itself. By removing these branches, we eliminate these risks, ensuring safety for everyone and everything in the vicinity.

Promoting Tree Health

Deadwooding is not just about safety; it is also a critical aspect of maintaining the overall health of your trees. Dead or decaying wood can attract pests and diseases, and removing it helps maintain the tree’s vitality.

Enhancing Aesthetics

Dead branches can detract from the visual appeal of your trees and your property. Deadwooding enhances the appearance of your trees by giving them a cleaner, more vibrant look.

Longevity of Trees

Well-maintained trees have a greater life expectancy. By removing deadwood and preventing the spread of diseases and pests, we contribute to the long-term health and beauty of your trees.

The Art of Deadwooding: Our Process


We begin by conducting a thorough inspection of the tree to identify dead or dying branches. We carefully examine the branches, looking for signs such as discoloration, brittleness, or leaflessness, depending on the tree species.

Specialised Tools

Our team is equipped with the most advanced and specialised tools and equipment to perform deadwooding efficiently and safely. These tools include pruning shears, loppers, hand saws, and all necessary safety gear.

Pruning Technique

Our experienced arborists employ a meticulous pruning technique, making clean cuts at the branch collar. The branch collar is the slightly swollen area where the branch meets the trunk. We take great care to avoid leaving stubs, as they can lead to decay and disease.

Safety Precautions

Safety is of paramount importance to us. When the task involves working at heights, we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our team members. Climbing trees or tackling larger tasks requires expertise and a professional approach.

Responsible Disposal

After removing deadwood, we ensure it is disposed of responsibly. Depending on the size of the branches and the available resources, we may use the wood for firewood, mulch, or even compost it if it is not infested with pests or diseases.

Regular Maintenance

We emphasise that deadwooding is not a one-time task; it is an ongoing process. Trees continue to shed branches, and new deadwood may develop. As part of our regular maintenance service, we return to inspect and maintain your trees, ensuring their ongoing health and safety.

The Benefits of Professional Deadwooding

While minor deadwooding tasks can be managed by homeowners, larger trees or more complex situations require the expertise of professionals. Our skilled team of arborists and tree care experts have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to perform deadwooding safely and effectively. We ensure that the task is conducted with precision, without causing harm to the tree itself.

We can take care of all your trees deadwooding needs. We will also provide you with a FREE, complimentary garden tree survey while we are there.  Call us now to book.

Written by

Paul Thomas