Tree Surgeons in Surrey

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Dave Ford Tree Care

Sparse foliage/dieback from the tips

Sparse foliage or dieback from the tips is always a sign to be concerned about. Trees rely on their leaves to convert energy from the sun, so if the tree is cutting back on its leaf production, there could be something seriously wrong.

There is a very close relationship between the size of a tree’s canopy and the size and condition of its roots. Signs of ill health in the canopy may thus be the first indication that there is a problem occuring underground. Recent disturbance to soil levels, compaction from parked cars or a well used thoroughfare, waterlogged soils or even gas leaks may all cause root damage and consequently exhibit symptoms in the canopy.

Equally dieback, particularly in mature trees, can indicate the presence of decay fungi, although a thorough investigation would be necessary to confirm this.


Sparse foliage and dieback in the crown of a weeping willow (Salix x sepulcralis)


  • Many thanks for carrying out the tree work in my garden. It was a very good job and they tidied up. I was really pleased with the result 

    Mrs Hill – Betchworth

  • Many thanks, your guys did a great job, very friendly and helpful and they cleared up brilliantly. We didn't see them leave as we were still at work so didn't get a chance to thank them so please pass that on for us. We can't believe the difference it has made, we have daylight not to mention a massive reduction in leaf clearing up this autumn!

    Mrs Griffiths - Epsom.

  • Thank you very much and please convey my thanks to the surgeons for a good job well done.

    Mr Millard –Earlswood

  • The Lads did a great job. Arrived on time, carried out the surgery efficiently and with care, as well as clearing everything up before they left. Also fantastic to deal with an efficient head office team handling quotes and invoicing. Thank you for a job well done.

    Mr Johnson - Fetcham

  • Just wanted to say your two guys did cracking work at my place today with felling the willow tree. Definitely get your team back to sort out rest of the garden in a few months time Please pass on my thanks

    Mr Albert –Caterham

  • All works completed in a courteous and professional manner. Thanks to your guys.

    Mr Partridge – Reigate

  • Many thanks. We are very pleased at the outcome of this tree work.

    Mrs Crowther - Weybridge

  • Dear Dave, I just wanted to say how pleased I was in the way that Justin and his team efficiently tackled my garden – back and front!

    Mrs Grant – Esher

  • Thank you for the work done in the garden yesterday - really lovely boys - who did a brilliant job. Trees look so much better

    Mrs Chambers – Dorking

  • Dear Adriaan and team – Thank you for your great work on our trees 

    The Marshalls – Esher

  • Thank you for your work. I will be in touch for further work in the summer

    Mr Burrows – Nutfield

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