The blossoms are in full bloom and soon flowers and fruits will start to appear on your trees as they burst into life for the beginning of the most colourful season of them all. But our trees are telling us more than the fact that they alive and happy to be so: their unique flourishes are markers, ways in which you can identify what trees you have in your garden.
Yes. Well, that was the quickest blog I’ve ever written! OK, you’ll probably want to know how worried you should be, so I’ve put together a few morsels of information to help you identify what’s wrong with your horse chestnut and whether you should be calling in the experts to take a look.
Sorbus aucuparia, commonly called the rowan, is a deciduous tree with a history stretching back thousands of years across the northern hemisphere. In olden times the tree was planted outside homes to ward off witches and evil spirits, but today the rowan is commonly planted along streets and avenues for its aesthetic qualities but also because it’s a relatively low maintenance tree and only grows to around 15 metres. Rowans are happy in gardens, in the wild and especially at altitude where they flourish where others would not.
The colourful symptoms of Dothistroma Needle Blight (DNB) have led to it also being known as Red Band Needle Blight. If you’ve never seen it before, it can be hard to imagine a pine tree with red needles, but the consequences aren’t pretty – the end result of this disease, after the kaleidoscope of colours the pine needles go through, is bald patches where needles once were and, potentially, the death of your tree.
As the grey clouds of winter start to evaporate and the long-missed sun finally emerges, for a little while at least – after all, this is Britain – we can finally, thankfully, say that spring has returned.
We tend to think of nature as being gentle and nurturing, but sometimes it can be cruel and destructive. In our ‘Extreme Weather Series’ we investigate the damage that can be caused to or by your trees, even here in Britain, when nature is at its most dangerous.
If you have a holly tree in your garden, lucky you – it’s one of my favourite trees for the vibrant, almost other-worldly, green of its leaves, because of the protection it offers to nesting birds, and for its evergreen nature, which means you can enjoy a holly all year round.
We may be past the typical snowy months, but you never know – in 1975 a game of cricket between Derbyshire and Lancashire in Buxton was interrupted by snowfall in June. With global warming and climate change making the weather all the more unpredictable, we never know what’s just around the corner, and while a part of us might romanticise branches dusted with snow, trees aren’t nearly as hardy as you might think they are. It can actually be quite dangerous to have limbs groaning under the weight of freshly fallen snow.
Chalara dieback of ash is a relatively new disease to Britain, the first case only having been reported in 2012, following a delivery to a nursery from the Netherlands. As of June 2018 there were 1,401 known cases across the UK. Not a massive number, but significant in its spread in that short time.
If you have trees in your garden that need to be pruned, or maybe you worry about their health and would like to remove limbs or wish to cut them down altogether – STOP! First you must check whether they have a TPO on them.