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Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to Our New Website!
​Hello and welcome to our first #blog for the new look www.davefordtreecare.co.uk website! Over the coming months we will bring you news, stories, advice and information on all things arboricultural! We are based near Reigate in Surrey and have been carrying out tree works in Surrey, Sussex and the South East for many years now and are al...
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Using a MEWP

Using a MEWP
This long dead oak (Quercus robur) was deemed unsafe to climb, so to remove it, it was necessary to bring in a 'Mobile Elevated Work Platform'. These devices also known as 'cherry pickers' are gaining popularity in arboriculture in the UK, and are much more commonly employed in the United States and Australia. MEWPs come in all shapes and sizes. Th...
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Sectional Fell with Crane

Sectional Fell with Crane
This mature Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica purpurea) in Redhill showed advance signs of infection with the decay fungi Kretschmaria deusta. Due to the nature and severity of the decay, this tree unfortunately had to be removed. This was not an easy task since it was surrounded by several houses, most immediately by a garage and greenhouse; and becau...
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Heavy Reduction

Heavy Reduction
This ageing Oak ( Quercus robur ) in Leigh had begun to shed its limbs alarmingly close to a path. Rather than remove it, it was decided to heavily crown reduce the oak, to reduce the weight it was bearing, and lessen the 'sail area' it presented to the wind. Whilst this heavy reduction is more than the recommended 30% and subsequently will look a ...
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Tree Crown Reduction and Cable Brace in Headley, Surrey

Tree Crown Reduction and Cable Brace in Headley, Surrey
This mature Beech (Fagus sylvatica) tree from a garden in Headley, Surrey showed signs of a 'compression fork' which needed to be addressed. A compression fork is a genetic defect common to Beech trees that occurs when the trunk splits into two stems that subsequently grow very closely to each other. Over time incremental growth on each of the stem...
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Fallen Tree Responsibility

 Recent storms and gale force winds have recently hit southern Britain, leaving many trees on the ground. Often we find that storms affect weak points on a tree that cause them to collapse and fall in strong windy conditions.

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‘It’s Fungi time’

‘It’s Fungi time’
Great time of year for seeing Fungi, most good, some not so good.. here's a pic of some Honey fungus, very common in domestic gardens everywhere. AKA Boot lace fungus, latin / botanical name Armillaria mellea. It can be easily recognised, in dense clusters on or around trunks or stumps of deciduous or coniferous trees in late summer into autumn the...
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What will you do with your Christmas tree?

Don't let your Christmas tree end up in landfill… Give us a call on 01306 611661 and we will happily collect and recycle it for you for free.
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Chalara Dieback of Ash

For those of you who missed it in our Autumn Newsletter… Following on from several reports in the national press we thought we had better drop you all a quick line on our interpretation of the significance of this disease and what it means for you. It will not make your trees imminently dangerous. The disease causes leaf loss & crown dieback an...
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Pollarding…

Pollarding…
Pollarding involves tree surgery to cut the crown of the tree back to the trunk, allowing new branches to sprout from the cuts. Nice bit of pollarding, large old lime tree in Dorking, Surrey. This is for an old Client, we last pollarded it approx 8-10 yrs ago.. We look forward to seeing it again in another 8 yrs or so… ! If you have any trees that ...
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Weald Woodfair!

Coming up in September is the annual Weald Woodfair. This is an excellent local show with lots of exhibits and activities for adults and children. Taking place from 21st to 23rd of September it's definately worth checking out. More details can be found here – http://www.bentley.org.uk/#/woodfair/4525168793 Now is also a good time to start thinking ...
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Mulch!

Mulch!
As the Summer appears to have finally arrived we thought it was a good idea to remind you of the importance of mulching… To help your garden conserve water it is a good idea to mulch flowerbeds – spreading a layer of woodchip over the surface. In their native environments, a thick layer of decaying organic matter on the forest floor surrounds trees...
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Summer Branch Drop

'Summer Branch Drop' is the sudden breaking and dropping of tree limbs with no apparent reason or cause. As the name suggests, this phenomenon occurs in warm summer months when there is no or very little wind and research suggests it usually happens in the afternoon. There is no concrete explanation for these incidents and it can happen to healthy ...
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Spot the shed…

Spot the shed…
Can you see a shed beneath this Willow Tree? James and Tom had quite a task dismantling this tree which fell on to a rather unfortunate shed! However we are pleased to report that the tree was expertly removed without any further damage to the shed and the site was completely cleared up leaving the garden looking as good as new.
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Dave Ford Tree Care Team Day!

Dave Ford Tree Care Team Day!
We had a great day last Friday on our team day! Nearly the whole Dave Ford Tree Care team were in attendance including our newest addition James. We really enjoy getting the whole gang together as it happens less often than you would imagine but is always both productive and fun… One of our main priorities of the day was working together to come up...
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What have we been doing lately

We have planted approximately 70 specimen trees, a small woodland and about 1000 metres of hedgerows all around the area. Don't forget planting is as much our business as pruning and felling and we love to get our hands dirty… Please call for planting advice and consultation. Anything from single specimen trees, all types of hedging and larger plan...
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Him off the telly

I recently attended a lecture by Tony Kirkham of Kew Gardens, titled from Inspiration to Installation. What inspired him to work with trees, from playing conkers as a child to becoming a tree climber at Kew and then worked his way up the tree / ladder and has had some amazing botanical adventures all around the world. His latest accomplishment is a...
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