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  1. Spray with fairy liquid (other washing up liquids are available). The soapy liquid stops them breathing. Also put sugar at base of the trees. Aphids are farmed by Ants that protect them from pests. Aphids are farmed of their 'waste', which is sugar. Ants are not stupid, why climb a tree and fight pests, when you can get the sugar at the base?
  2. Plants need a healthy Soil Food Web to grow optimally. Ploughing severely damages the Soil Food Web, it turns the ploughed soil upside down, so the Soil Food Web near the surface is 'deep' in the soil and the Soil Food Web at depth is now on top. In addition the long strands of fungi are damaged. No till farming, combined with organic matter rotting down, in an aerated soil, will create optimal growth, without the need for fertilisers. No till farming, includes never leaving the soil bare, as it is detrimental to the Soil Food Web. This video explains it much better than myself
  3. Working for very rich people, with staff. Then our team on the hottest days of the year never being offered a drink (cold or tea/coffee)
  4. We offer this service, nationwide.
  5. I would see if a long decent diameter bit of bamboo or like, could be used, attached to the straight section of trunk, then see if you can bend the bending part of the trunk to the vertical and attach it to the bamboo. Tie with horticultural string and do not forget to remove in 2-3 years time. If the tree will only partially come vertical, see where this is, stand back, have a think, then see if you can prune the bent part to a growing point that will grow vertically and form a new leader.
  6. We operate soil probes that blast pressurised air at depths down to 1 metre. The fissures (some of which visibly reach the surface) can be filled in the same action with media that will keep the fissures open, aiding aeration and drainage. We also operate Air Spades so appreciate the benefits of this deeper mitigation.
  7. Chris We would love to help Kind regards Robert Ruskins TRees
  8. Wrong tree, wrong place Plant the right tree in the right place or as now put in the UK: As per BS8545:2014 Trees: From the nursery to independence in the landscape
  9. I think of it thus: Trees are naturally streamlined. Hedges are like a wall to wind (that flexes to a degree), but the canopies provide a degree of streamlining. If you removed branches (or branches) are lost on one side, the sail area (the area that collects wind) is massively increased. As the wind is collected rather than deflected. The risk of windthrow is greatly increased if the sail area is increased. Trees do not arrange their branches to catch wind, they are there to deflect wind.
  10. It comes down to "the right tree in the right place" If the house was built after the tree was growing, you could change that to locating the house (with appropriate foundations) in the right place. As others have advised, engage a structural engineer, who will then work with an Arb' Consultant to advise on retention/ remedial pruning to facilitate retention. If the tree is subject to a TPO or conservation area, the Local Authority will also be involved, if any works are recommended to the tree. Not sure about when/if you should notify your house insurance company. If it is recommended to fell the tree, then plant a replacement, "the right tree in the right place" to ensure your garden / locality retains (at a reduced level) the numerous benefits of a tree. Use an Arborist to advise about a suitable tree.
  11. Do not get one. Spare parts so bad almost comical 1) 5 days wait for parts from Europe parts storage (hand brake cable) in Amsterdam. 2) When not in European stock Handbrake cable 1 month from Japan (DHL can deliver (if it was available) in 24hours for £23.15, same size from Japan) 3) Could not deliver correct wing mirror lens until third attempt (and then just glass with no backing). Told me I had to have a non nissan part, I had owned from new 4) Could not deliver right handbrake cable first time 5) Within two weeks of buying one new, one of the levers that release the side bars snapped, would not replace foc. Had to take them to the motor vehicle ombudsman, before they relented.
  12. Woodchip in Play Areas has a BS and is often called Play Bark. As I understand it this is the only product you can use in Play Areas. All the big suppliers offer it. We use TMA. It is BS EN 1176, they specify the depth it should be
  13. Have you driven a cab star before? Run over a stone and it bumps you up in air. Cannot get three grown men comfortably in the cab.
  14. You have to drain it to somewhere. A lighter soil found in rootball and backfill mix will cause moisture in the heavier soil to wick across into the lighter soil. It will fill up like a sink and drown (waterlogged soil) the specimens unless they are a species suited to sitting for prolonged time in waterlogged ground. A drainage layer in clay will not work unless it has somewhere to drain to (no matter how many times landscape architects produce drawings only showing a drainage layer). A soakaway will not work unless it breaks through the clay and finds a strata that can facilitate drainage. The only option if there is no option to drain is to mound plant*. Plant above ground (or partly above ground) and bench soil upto the rootballs. This way some of the roots will always be able to breathe (undertake gaseous exchange). Once did a tree survey in a woodland where all trees (around 200no 80 years old) were planted on 3-4ft mounds all doing well. The developer had permission to fell most, I wonder how he dealt with the ground prone to waterlogging. * If you have a slope, just dig french drains to the lower level (or insert sloping land drainage pipes to the lower level) .
  15. Try Ashwell Timber in Bulphan They recycle timbers from lock gates, docks, piers that have been in water for 100 plus years, I have seen samples and these tropical hardwoods look brand new (nearly)

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