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.
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.
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.
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.
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.