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Dead Wooding Tree Services In Kent

What is “Dead Wooding”?

Dead wooding involves the removal of dying, dead or diseased branches from an otherwise-healthy tree. 

Trees which require dead wooding will often appear obvious: with dry and lifeless branches. These are often brittle and can pose a genuine risk of breaking or falling in the surrounding area. 

Dead limbs on trees pose safety concerns, as high winds and storms will often cause these branches to break and fall. They can also attract unwanted pests or become diseased.

Removing the dead wood allows the tree’s health to improve, as well as maintaining good aesthetics and ensuring safety for the surrounding environment and people. 

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When To Remove Dead Wood

Dead wooding is a process that helps to conserve trees and ensure their future health, whilst making sure that they do not pose any safety risks

Diseases such as decay and fungal growth will often start in dead wood areas of the tree. To stop it from spreading, these branches need to be removed. Not doing so can risk the spread of the infection to the healthy parts of the tree, from the branches to the trunk. 

Dead wooding will also help to maintain the structural integrity of the tree. It ensures there is no excess weight, and no risk of branches rubbing together and doing damage, whilst reducing any risk of fallout or collapse during adverse weather. 

The team at Green Growth Tree Services understand the importance of only removing dead, infected or dying branches. We maintain the overall shape and health of the tree, without losing the aesthetics and structural integrity that over-pruning can cause. 

Dead Wooding Services
In Kent & The South East

Green Growth Tree Services provides dead wooding and arboricultural services across the South East of the UK.

We’re qualified, offer a wealth of experience and are passionate about everything we do. Tree conservation is our number one priority but we always aim to offer an affordable and reliable arborist service.

Our base is in Kent, and we primarily work across the South East of England. Though we can work further afield by request. 

If you’d like to know more, please feel free to get in touch for a free, no obligation quotation today

The Reasons That Dead Wooding Is Necessary:

Maintaining Tree Safety:

Leaving dead, diseased or brittle branches can pose a serious safety risk, especially in built-up areas or places that people often frequent. Removing dead wood means there is a significantly reduced risk of branches falling during storms or high winds.

Preserving Tree Health:

Trees can often grow at an alarmingly high rate. Dead wooding promotes the tree’s health by removing dead or dying branches, improving structural integrity and allowing the resources to go towards natural growth.

Maintaining A Natural Shape

Dead wooding removes unsightly and unnatural growth from trees, allowing space for trees to expand into a fuller form.

Preventing Disease & Pests

Pests and diseases will often creep into deadwood, which can lead to healthy parts of the tree becoming infected. Deadwooding removes the problem branches and creates a path for better sunlight and airflow, reducing the risk of disease in the future.

Looks & Value

Removing dead branches will make a tree look aesthetically better. In turn, this can give a property more curb appeal and make it more desirable to potential buyers. Worth bearing in mind if you’re considering selling your property.

Tree Stability:

Dead or rotten branches add unnecessary weight to a tree. In turn, this causes stress and adds wind resistance. Deadwooding makes it safer and improves the overall balance of the tree.

What Are The Prices For Dead Wooding?

Deadwooding typically costs upwards of about £150 for a small tree that can be accessed without climbing equipment. 

Green Growth Tree Services are always upfront about the costs and offer free quotations across the South East of the UK.

We’re affordable but we’ll never compromise on quality of service or safety. Our reputation and experience mean an awful lot to us so we look to provide a competitive quote that ensures everyone is happy.

There are a few factors to consider which may affect the overall quote. 

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Not every tree is conveniently nestled next to an access point, road or driveway, unfortunately! 

Any tree surgeon has to factor in how they will access a given area to conduct the work and how it could potentially impact property or people in the surrounding area.

Green Growth has the equipment to do everything necessary to conduct the work safely but we will need to make sure that we have adequate access to remove the green waste afterwards.

A large tree requiring dead wooding.

Tree Size & Condition

It may seem obvious, but the larger the tree and the extent of the dead wood upon it will dictate part of the overall cost.

For instance, any tree which is large enough to necessitate the use of climbing equipment, cherry pickers or cranes will cost significantly more than a small tree which can be trimmed from ground level. 

We always adhere to safety protocols to ensure our safety, your safety and the integrity of your property. 

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Additional Services

Before we start, we always provide a free, no-obligation quote, so you know exactly what we are going to do and what the cost will be. 

This is a good time to discuss any extra work that may increase the cost or potential ways to make the process more affordable.

For instance, if you want all green waste removed (we hold a UK green waste licence) or prefer to store the wood yourself for fueling your wood burner etc. We’re always clear in our costs.

Deadwooding: Commonly Asked Questions: 

What causes deadwood in trees?

Many factors will cause deadwood but typically it is due to:

  • Overcrowding of surrounding trees or branches on the same tree.
  • Sunlight is blocked as a result of overcrowding or external factors.
  • Dieback. This process is a little different to deadwood but we’ll come to that in a moment! 
  • Disease or pests which have damaged the tree.
Do I need to remove deadwood?

The short answer is yes. 

Deadwood is a gateway to a healthy tree getting disease, pathogens or pests that will affect the overall health.

Whilst it may seem like a simple aesthetic change at first, over time it can cause a tree to develop issues that necessitate its removal or impact other green life around it. 

It can also cause safety concerns, especially if the tree is situated near buildings or people. 

Is dead wooding the same as crowning or pollarding ?

Whilst these terms involve the same process, the fundamental difference is that dead wooding is focused on removing dead or diseased branches whereas pollarding or crowing removes healthy branches to improve the health and aesthetics of a tree.

Both are beneficial to the overall structural integrity, shape of the tree and its longterm health.

Is Deadwood and Dieback the same?

Any experienced arborist will tell you that all dieback is dead wood, however, not all deadwood is dieback. 

Dieback is specifically caused by a factor that limits the water absorbed by the tree, causing drought. Typically, you will see the dead branches towards the top of the tree whilst the lower portions look more healthy.

Causes for dieback are often tied to root damage or a reason for a lack of water in the soil that causes a drought response in the tree.  It often goes hand-in-hand with development or construction that may have damaged roots or diverted a water source leaving the ground dry.

Will the branches grow back?

Any dead wood was, as the name suggests, dead. 

So whilst that specific branch will not grow back as it was before, you will find that more sprout in its place or the tree seems to accelerate in its growth in the outer portions of the tree.

This will allow a fuller, more natural shape to the canopy of the tree.

How do I know if I need to deadwood my trees?

Deadwood is easy to spot and it is quite unsightly. 

However, we understand that just because something is not aesthetically pleasing, that does not always mean it’s a problem. 

The best course of action is to seek the advice of a reputable arborist or tree surgeon who can provide a free quotation. 

It’s not simply a judgement call with dead wooding because the long-term implications if left untreated can be far worse and more costly than regular maintenance. 

What do I do with the green waste?

You do not need to worry about the mess!

Green Growth Tree Services holds a green waste licence and we always dispose of all waste ethically and safely. 

Can I keep the wood for my fire or log burner?

Our team are happy to leave you with wood to burn, should you wish to keep it. 

However, we will advise you if the deadwood is diseased or infested with pests that it may not be best to keep it stored anywhere that may potentially pose a risk to healthy trees.

Conservation is our number one passion and we wouldn’t want to cause damage to the environment for the sake of ‘saving a few quid’ on firewood! 

Contact Green Growth Tree Services 
for a FREE
Dead Wooding Quotation Today! 

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