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About Graham Joyce

Graham set up Dartmoor Tree Surgeons Ltd in 1987 after completing his BSc Hons at University College, London. After years on the tools himself he has now hung up his harness and saw and opted to continue his career as an expert arboricultural consultant alongside running the company.

Mistletoe… Is it that time of year already?

It’s that time of the year so I thought I’d jot down a few notes about mistletoe. For the definitive statement on all things mistletoe’y I’d recommend a visit to www.mistletoe.org.uk run by Jonathan Briggs – this will definitely tell you everything you ever wanted to know about this parasitic plant. I’ll confine my ramblings to a few of my own observations about a plant that I have encountered only occasionally over the past thirty years of working with trees. First, as mentioned above, mistletoe is a true parasite, i.e. it needs a host plant on which to live and [...]

By | 2017-05-30T10:59:20+00:00 November 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mistletoe… Is it that time of year already?

Chalara fraxinea (Ash Dieback) – An Update on the Current Situation in the South-West of England

  We’ve had a lot of enquiries about Ash Dieback (or Chalara fraxinea) lately. The most up to date advice is DON’T PANIC! If you’re concerned about your trees click on this link:  http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara. This gives a comprehensive description of the disease, its symptoms, and strategies for dealing with it. If you are still unsure contact us and we will be happy to advise. The latest news is that the first well known outbreak that had been discovered in 2013 near Tiverton in Devon has not been contained and a further 1000 trees are now in the process of being felled, The [...]

By | 2017-05-30T10:59:20+00:00 July 2nd, 2015|Pest and Disease Alert, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Chalara fraxinea (Ash Dieback) – An Update on the Current Situation in the South-West of England

Wood chips put to good use

Following our post on the 31st January on the benefits of wood chippings it was pleasing to receive a letter from our friends at the Devon Wildlife Trust. We recently donated chippings to the Trust for use in a demonstration wildlife garden. They have used the chippings to enhance the footpaths around the garden and said it not only makes it far more pleasant for visitors to walk on but gives it a more professional look. The trust sent us some photos to show how good the footpaths look with wood chippings on.   This highlights one of the many uses [...]

By | 2017-05-30T10:59:21+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Wood chips put to good use

Timber Milling and Woodchips

Timber milling We have recently updated our chainsaw milling rigs to enable us to make use of any worthwhile timber that we come across as a by-product of our tree surgery works. This has a number of advantages, both for us and for you: We can mill timber on site anywhere – sometimes it can be quicker and less messy to plank timber up and carry it out in lengths rather than having to ring up the timber and carry it out piece by piece; We can convert appropriate timber into useful planks or beams, either for the client’s use [...]

By | 2017-05-30T10:59:21+00:00 January 31st, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Timber Milling and Woodchips

National Tree Week

National Tree Week 23 November - 1 December 2013 First mounted in 1975 and organised by the Tree Council, National Tree Week is the UK's largest tree celebration annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season. A link to their webpage can be found here. This year Dartmoor Tree Surgeons are proud to be helping the fledgling Woodbury Community Orchard with their inaugural plantings (see the poster below), organized as part of the National Tree Week’s week of activities across the UK. I have been providing technical support and advice during the three years it has taken to [...]

By | 2017-05-30T10:59:21+00:00 November 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on National Tree Week

Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner and Bleeding Canker Disease

Autumn colour hasn’t really started to show itself as of yet on much of Devon’s tree stock, but a very obvious exception has been our Horse Chestnut trees. In fact many have been showing signs of premature autumn colour since mid summer! The reason is not that autumn has come early for Horse chestnuts but is mainly due to the effects of the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner and we have had many calls from concerned tree owners regarding the effects of this insect pest. The Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner (Cameraria ohridella) is a moth with caterpillars which feed on the [...]

By | 2017-05-30T10:59:21+00:00 October 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner and Bleeding Canker Disease

Ash Dieback

We've had a lot of enquiries about Chalara lately. The most up to date advice is DON’T PANIC! If you’re concerned about your trees click on the link below, this gives a comprehensive description of the disease, it’s symptoms, and strategies for dealing with it. If you are still unsure contact us and we will be happy to advise.   The latest news is that one case has been discovered “in the wild” in Devon near Tiverton. We have yet to see any signs of widespread decline of native Ash trees caused by this disease. The genetic variability within the [...]

By | 2017-05-30T10:59:21+00:00 August 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ash Dieback

Summer Branch Drop

   We’ve seen an unusual proportion of sudden branch failures over the last few weeks, presumably due to the phenomenon known as Sudden Branch Drop or Summer Branch Drop, both shortened to SBD. The mechanism for this is not fully understood, but it appears to relate to a combination of heavily loaded limbs, an internal or otherwise not very obvious weakness of some sort and adverse weather conditions during periods of high humidity. These factors working together can lead to otherwise healthy looking limbs (and they normally are quite large limbs) failing suddenly with only a few seconds warning. I’ve [...]

By | 2017-05-30T10:59:21+00:00 August 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Summer Branch Drop