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

Graham and Tom Complete QTRA Training

October is looking like a busy month for Dartmoor Tree Surgeons, not just in terms of plenty of tree work, but also because of a full training schedule, particularly for Graham and Tom. Continuing professional development is one of our core values and the first set of training was in Quantified Tree Risk Assessment (QTRA) last week. QTRA provides a clear and consistent framework for evaluating risks posed by trees and is well suited to many of our clients' needs (there's some very good information available on the QTRA website for those who are interested). Both Graham and Tom completed [...]

By | 2017-05-30T10:59:21+00:00 October 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Graham and Tom Complete QTRA Training

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