Blog Posts

Stump removal: the do’s, the don’t’s and the dangers

Stump removal – whether it’s a stump from a previously felled tree that you inherited with your home, or you’re thinking of getting rid of a tree in your garden (and want the stump gone as well) because its roots are causing damage, to make room for an extension or just to open up your garden to a little more
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It’s not all about the yield: a homeowner’s guide to fruit trees

A fruit tree can be a wondrous addition to a garden. They look amazing when they flower, they produce fruit you can eat straight from the tree or use as ingredients in so many tasty treats and they’re easy to maintain. Why wouldn’t you want a fruit tree in your garden?Some people worry about whether they could manage a fruit
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Brown means you’ve gone too far: a homeowner’s guide to conifer maintenance

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
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ARB approval: why it should matter

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.
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The definitive homeowner’s guide

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
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5-questions to ask first that could save you from making an expensive mistake

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
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The neighbours – your rights, their obligations and how to avoid an all-out territory war

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! The
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5 reasons to call your arborist before you build your home extension

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
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Extreme Weather Series: Flooding

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
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Sick Series: Horse chestnut leaf-mining moth

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
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How your arborist can help you sell your home

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
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Sick Series: The Asian longhorn beetle’s insatiable appetite

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. What does it look like?The Asian longhorn is around 2
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