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    Bees nest

    Were there any holes higher in the trunk? I had two woodpecker holes about three feet apart on a live willow trunk a couple of days ago. The lower hole was spilling out similar looking material since they began excavating the higher cavity. Not suggesting it’s woodpeckers that low down but if the gano has caused hollowing in the buttress and sending decay up the stem, any disturbance higher up will result in the ‘frass’ piling up in the bottom of the cavity?! Any small mammal could use a hole like that though... often found a family of voles nesting in the hollow of a rotting pop once it’s gone over, just cut a biscuit and pop it on the stump to leave them with a roof!
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    I’d please

    Therein lies the game...
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    I’d please

    I’m going to throw out cut-leaf sumac...
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    I’d please

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    I’d please

    Purple leaf plum
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    The who can get most outraged at bad treework thread.

    No I don’t - the first ones for sure because all four trees down the road all done at the same time, the other two were done separately. It is just such a shame that someone has there tree butchered for whatever reason, and then a neighbour thinks that they must do something to their tree too, so points and says “can you make my tree smaller, ...like that one!” As if it’s now a good looking tree and they would feel good to have one too!
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    The who can get most outraged at bad treework thread.

    I know sometimes when working to a spec there are limited options, but these people only have one spec... ...and went round the whole town!
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    The who can get most outraged at bad treework thread.

    Some more classics discovered today!
  9. So it would have to be a hefty reduction to reduce water uptake and desication rate- beyond that of recommendations. It then does come down to a different question of opinion - can you live with that not very authentic looking oak tree at the bottom of the garden because it has ecological/habitat value but on going cost implications, or do you just be rid of it?
  10. No that is when you then move on to reducing the tree. A thin should leave a suitable structure for a later reduction according to recommendations. I believe a reduction should be the last resort as it ultimately changes the visual aspect of the tree forever and believe we shouldn’t interfere as much as we do Customers always right though... so reduce a lot more trees than I want to!
  11. I agree, however even the best intended lead shoot that is left will ultimately be chased up by at least one, if not two or more adventitious buds that all produce more leaf cover. More than if it had just been left to grow on in the first place.
  12. I thought reducing a tree reduces leaf cover short term, but ultimately leads to a larger leaf mass in a shorter period of time than thinning or leaving a tree alone. So I’d say thin the tree suitably to reduce leaf cover and then maintain that. That way not altering the external aspect of the tree and actually reducing the foliage cover for a longer period of time than reducing it. I can’t remember where I read this so don’t know who’s theory it is, but I am sure someone else can corroborate this...
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    Two rope technique on a fir tree

    This is a very good point - I’d leave a rope in over night but don’t think I’d leave it any length of time. I’d want to reassess the tree and chosen anchor point as part of the climb. Especially as i guess the OP may be trying to get footage of squirrels! Also you are enticing other people to hurt themselves by leaving ropes in a tree as people can’t keep their hands to themselves - that or it will all go walk abouts. Retrieved my rope and left a throw line up through my cambium saver overnight on a dismantle along a quite field boundary footpath - next morning returned to find the cambium save still in place but the bit of string and throwbag had been nicked, so had to go all the way back up anyways!
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    Two rope technique on a fir tree

    Is sounds like You climb SRT with a second line in as back up. All you need to do is put in a false anchor on the main stem wherever you need it. A single Lyon tape sling of a suitable length placed around the tree and then through itself will do the trick. Put a Mallion or karabina on the sling to run your ropes through and you are good to go. Question is how are you going to get up the tree in the first place? Do you normally use a throw line to get your ropes through your v shaped anchor?
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    The who can get most outraged at bad treework thread.

    Saw this little beauty today - was a pretty good looking tree last week - cant even see what their reasoning was considering it is at the bottom of the garden well away from the house. Now they get to look at this every morning when they open the curtains - good job they got the pro’s in!
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    Unauthorised tree work in CA.

    It’s only what they want because all the way down the street there are look-a-like trees of all variety and species and they believe it’s normal and how trees should look after the ‘tree surgeon’ has been. I was going to take more photos, but my eyes started to bleed!
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    Unauthorised tree work in CA.

    ...at least it was removed and not left looking like any of these! Not in a CA - but who the heck can do this, be proud of their work and ask the customer to pay them for it!
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    Unauthorised tree work in CA.

    The CA is there to protect the whole perception of amenity value of an area. TPO’s are put on specific trees perceived to be of amenity value in or out of a CA. If we let people butcher or remove trees within CA’s without permission, the stock within the CA is both devalued and we lose potential trees that should one day go on to be TPO’d. In this case it is ‘only’ a birch... I wish I could report all butchered trees - within a CA or not. I work hard at perfecting my art and hate turning a corner and seeing a stubby ballsup of a reduction!
  19. Have you tried this? http://www.nhm.ac.uk/content/dam/nhmwww/take-part/identify-nature/tree-identification-key.pdf Not sure how well it does for the slightly more obscure trees - or you could always send them a sample and see what they come back with!
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    oak for next winter

    Cut the rings in half then split them - that way you are doubling the amount of splitting, but it would most likely quadruple the amount of cutting the other way around
  21. All I can find on vernix says it’s a shrub or small tree, and that lump isn’t small. Here are my pics of the pagoda tree - there are definitely similarities. Unfortunately I didnt get a shot end on, but I could always go back
  22. Looks very similar to a Pagoda tree I look a few limbs off last week - but the leaflets seemed smaller and there was no autumn red in them... Same dark heart wood and ring on latex seeping from below the bark though.


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