The Elm

Summer Branch Drop Edinburgh has a wonderful variety of Elm tree species, many of which have never been definitively identified. Wych Elm, Huntingdon Elm, English Elm, Dutch Elm and Wheatley Elm are among those that are most commonly seen. Unfortunately, this year, there has been a propensity for the phenomenon known as ‘summer branch drop’ […]

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Tree Surgeon vs Arborist

“Tree surgeon” is the well-known term for someone who can help manage and care for your trees, yet there is often confusion regarding the more in-depth role of an arborist or aboriculturist. Mike Charkow explains his professional qualifications for services such as tree condition inspections and BS5837 surveys.

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Mike features in Arb Mag (Autumn 2017)

I am delighted to be featured in Arb Magazine’s Autumn edition, having written an article on the use of Air Spade for soil de-compaction and root investigation. The article discusses the pros and cons of the tool – and after several years of using one, I would certainly say that there are more pros! The […]

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How is tree health affected by soil compaction?

Why do we need to be concerned about compacted soil? Most tree roots are less than half a metre below the ground. Structural (woody) roots hold the tree up and consist of bundles of fibrous roots, which are very small and fragile, absorbing water and nutrients from the soil. These fibrous roots cannot survive if […]

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Chalara fraxinea (Ash dieback) update January 2016

Hope for Britain’s Ash trees Britain’s Ash trees have been in the news over the last few years due to the sudden and unstoppable infections of Chalara fraxinea, apparently introduced through some nurseries.  This disease was predicted to be as devastating as the Dutch Elm Disease outbreaks in the middle of last century.  However, new research […]

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Chalara update

The Current Situation Chalara fraxinea (now known as Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) has now been found in 162 10 km squared plots across Scotland (Forestry Commission).  It is acknowledged that nothing can prevent spread of the disease, however more and more is understood about the fungus. Genetic Resistance Chalara can quickly overcome young trees, killing them in a matter […]

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