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08 Nov 2019
What colour should the leaves on a healthy tree be? Easy question, right? Green of course (aside from the glorious reds, golds and browns of autumn for deciduous trees, but that goes without saying). Healthy trees in spring and summer are green, so why do we see so many coniferous trees looking scraggy and brown? The answer is because someone who didn’t know the damage they could do were left in charge of pruning and tree maintenance.
25 Oct 2019
Last year 5.1 million children took their GCSE exams in the UK, just less than 760,000 took A-levels, around 400,000 gained an undergraduate degree and approximately 23,000 a doctoral degree. I think it’d be fair for us to assume that the doctoral level graduate will have a far better grasp of their chosen subject than they had at GCSE level. And that’s the essence of ARB approval in the tree surgery world – it’s a hard-won accreditation, achieved over a period of time, to evidence a level of knowledge and excellence far above the average. So, the next time you’re considering who should look after your trees, think whether you’d like the equivalent of a ‘GCSE level’ tree surgeon or a ‘doctoral level’ one.
09 Oct 2019
Decades working on our leafy neighbours throughout London, Essex and south Hertfordshire has given me a unique appreciation for how thoroughly diverse, complex and valuable trees are. Tree surgery is not just what we do, it’s who we are, so whether we’re working on your trees or not we’re always keen to share the knowledge we have acquired over the years to help homeowners, tenants and landowners to look after them properly. And, as pruning can either improve the health and life expectancy of your shade-giving trees, boost the yield of your fruit trees and the growth of your saplings, or kill off what’s taken hundreds of years to mature in your garden, this guide is an important first read.
23 Sep 2019
Most people have no idea just how much work goes into removing a tree, as if you could just pull it up, roots and all, like an errant weed from between your crazy paving. The reality is very different. There are permissions, timing, soil, ramifications, drop-zone, treatments, regrowth and fungi to consider – and that’s just the basics. Then there’s the impact on your property, on your neighbours and on the habitat you are removing from your garden.
09 Sep 2019
People can be funny creatures – they can be so kind and friendly off their own backs, but ask them to do something they feel might be an inconvenience to them, that they don’t want to spend money on, or they simply cannot be bothered to do and watch how quickly the mood changes… trees are far more predictable!
14 Aug 2019
If you’re thinking of extending your home, whether up or out, you may be tempted to make your first call to a local builder or a creative architect to instruct them to get the ball rolling, but STOP, not so fast. If you have trees anywhere near the rear of your house, then there’s another professional that you should call in first or you run the risk of wasting thousands of pounds that could have otherwise been spent making your extension everything you’ve dreamed it could be.
24 Jul 2019
The weather this year has been crazy. First, storms smashed into us with winds gusting up to 90mph, then the cold seemed to linger for months longer than usual, and finally in May we had the hottest bank holiday on record as we all wilted in the blazing sunshine. Such weather can weaken our trees or even be instrumental in bringing them down. Therefore, this Extreme Weather Series of ours aims to help you to prevent the damage weather can do to your trees, or that your trees can do to your property (or someone else’s) in the worst-case scenario.
10 Jul 2019
As we have seen in previous ‘sick tree’ series blogs, moths really can be a nuisance to our tree population – in the case of the oak processionary moth (OPM), they can even be lethal. While nowhere near as damaging to a tree’s health, the horse chestnut leaf-miner can significantly change the appearance of the horse chestnut trees they feed on, and can cause great concern if you see this happening to the trees in your garden. This article should help you to identify this little blighter so you can relax in the knowledge that while the damage they cause may not look great, the harm they do will be minimal.
28 Jun 2019
When you’re selling your home, you want prospective buyers to imagine themselves living there. That’s why the experts have been saying for years that an uncluttered, stylishly furnished property shows well because it gives the visitor an insight into their idealised home. And it’s why the smell of freshly baked bread or cookies can evoke thoughts of domestic bliss. In the same vein, trees in your garden can help your potential buyer to imagine what life would be like living there – having a drink in the shade on a warm summer’s evening or watching the kids climbing and swinging from the wide branches. Trees, healthy trees, can give people a sense of home and that’s what you want a buyer to be thinking when they start talking numbers with your agent.
21 Jun 2019
 We’ve written quite a few articles on the pests that can spell disaster for your garden trees, but the Asian longhorn beetle is a rather worrying menace in the UK, so do look out for it and report it to the Forestry Commission, should you find them in your garden.
12 Jun 2019
Imagine you own an orchard… how valuable would it be for you to be able to take your most productive fruit trees, clone them and make more with exactly the same characteristics and yield as the original? Until the advent of vegetative (or non-sexual) propagation this would have been but a dream, but now it’s pure commercial gold.
31 May 2019
Spring is here and it’s busy season for us tree surgeons and arborists because it’s the perfect time to plant most species of tree and everyone wants to know what to plant where and when. So, I thought I should provide you with a mini guide with a few tips to help you know what to do when planting your saplings this spring.

 
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