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  1. If a root barier is impermeable what is the difference in terms of ground water between installing and felling? If the barrier is long and deep enough , far enough out from the walls I mean.
  2. I haven't read all the latest research - so I don't know. Back in 1993(AA research note) Lonsdale was a bit anti autumn pruning 'Despite the complexity of the seasonal changes, it can be predicted that, contrary to tradition, autumn is a bad time to prune trees. Components of the tree’s defences that depend on cell growth are clearly less effective than in the growing season. Also, wood moisture is at its lowest in many species in autumn. A high moisture content in wood equates with low oxygen content which limits the activity of decay fungi, even though some can survive such conditions. Finally, autumn is the time when a high proportion of decay fungi are releasing their spores' Interested in the latest, if anyone can recommend an article or review @EdwardC @Gary Prentice
  3. do you think there is anything to the seasonality of pruning, where if at all possible hard pruning in autumn is to be avoided due to all the fungal spores being released? People have to fill their diaries and earn money, but it strikes me that September, early October would be the absolute worst time of year if given a choice. I suppose if the customer is unaware it doesn't matter, if the wounds do attract gano etc, it may be decade or more before it caves in, by which time the 'arborist' may have paid off his/her mortgage and retired
  4. this is the only one in the list that bothers me - some of the richest people in the country have got there by having lots of low paid workers to staff their businesses, I'm thinking the likes of Phillip Green. So the government have had to subsidise their businesses by topping up the income of shop workers with tax credits, housing ben etc. Ill gotten gains that should be plundered by inheritance tax. I'd like to see JRM lose a slice too - he reportedly look a 1M divvy from the fund he cofounded, no mention of him forfieting his salary, even with that tremendous wealth. Scrapping inheritance tax seems like making sure the hard working pure greed can always trample the thickos underfoot
  5. have to agree with Stubby - what a drama queen, certainly no need for 3 exclamation marks, one would have been more than enough
  6. Also if it's hawthorn, yes a polesaw helps, as it's not really doable from inside
  7. an ordinary hedge cutter won't cope, but the Stihl single sided R type were made for it, mine is old model HS 86R good for upto an inch, I have that and a battery topper (from inside as Pete says), except today I had to leave part of it, almost mangled it, they need to be told - nothing after the second week of June
  8. Not how I interpreted it. Sure there is finite carbon, but it's only CO2 that is thought to trap heat in the atmosphere, like an insulating blanket. Australia has just passed legislation to mine a coalfield the size of UK and China have approx 200 new coal fired power stations in planning, or under construction. A few thousand vans and chippers is not even going to register. People like Greta who give up their time to protest get my respect. Australia and China need to understand how badly their actions will affect the whole world. They are like 'doesn't matter to us, we don't have beautiful glaciers anyway'.
  9. you won't get volume reduction, but buy a field and dig a massive hole (by hand of course) and transport the arisings to the hole by horse and cart, then thow them in,. When one hole is full, dig the next one. If the field is big enough the stuff in the first hole will have rotted by the time you run out of space
  10. buying a battery chipper won't help - lithium mining is turning the world into a toxic wasteland. The apocalypse is coming, no matter what.
  11. I've been using the Vactan rust converter, then a 2 pack epoxy mastic (Jotamastic 87). I got the idea of epoxy mastic from Arbtalk someone mentioned it, then I googled it and saw Rustbuster used it to treat a Ranger for the RNLI I figured they had the choice of products, so there must be good reason. Rustbuster seem to have made a trade out of it and their prices - if I paid myself what they had wanted, could have gone on holiday anywhere. https://www.rust.co.uk/product/rusty-s-technical-details-em121-epoxy-mastic-326 Jotamastic 87 was cheaper ebay than Rustbusters version I've only brushed it on, not messed about buying the proper thinners for it to spray it. There is summer and winter hardener, the winter hardener the paint goes off too quick if its warm.
  12. what we want is a book on how to trim big trees to fit into small gardens, not so it's good for the tree, but so it looks good and minimises the chance of the tree dying. I couldn't write that book, I don't have enough experience, but you do. I will suggest a cumbersome title "Everything you need to know to become a successful tree person in the UK, including how to change the bearings on a chipper" My only suggestions for the first draught - prune Walnut July/August. If customer asks best time to prune oak and beech say December/Jan after fungal spores have been released.
  13. I thought it was just a stock photo they used, as the damage is in yellow paint

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