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  1. We go the full depth of the hole where possible, usually 60cm. Width wise we try to excavate a 30cm hole for the posts to be concreted straight into, that way there is no extra digging by the fencing crews. We start at the ideal post location and move to the left or right until we find a suitable root free area for the posts. Sometimes this works great and other times, you end up with a long looking trench of varying depth till you find a suitable place.
  2. We have completed a number of jobs like this where we airpade the post holes to find clear space for the post to be concreted in. Obviouly it works much better with closeboard fencing as you have some adjustment either side to find a clear path
  3. We have had a busy few weeks with both Root Radar surveys and Airspade investigation works, and a combination of both. I will be trying to keep this post updated as and when with results that are interesting or unusual. Below are a few images from a recent Root Radar Survey that was completed. The tree in question, a sycamore on the edge of a small wooded area with an existing tarmac driveway running along the left had side of the tree. from the results you can clearly see where the roots enter the driveway they immediately branch into a mass of much smaller and fibrous roots.
  4. Validity Now the question that has come up a few times in conversation whilst discussing the unit is how can you prove it? Obviously the results look very good on the computer showing that there are roots in X or Y location. However we decided early on that if we really wanted to promote this as a services we needed to be certain of the accuracy and validity of the results. So we scanned some roots and dug some holes with the airspade, below are a few photos We are planning, once Covid restrictions are over, to undertake a few demo days around the country where we scan some trees and airspade some trenches along the scan lines to prove the results to Tree officers/Planners/ Arb Consultants etc.
  5. Thanks for the replies As Toad has said utilities can be picked up however for our purposes they are only identified in the analysis stage to be filtered out so they are not interpreted as roots. There are specific GPR systems that are for utilities that are set up slightly differently, usually without the recording functions and are used in a similar way to a CAT and Genny. Metal pipes, and electrical cable show up much brighter than plastic.
  6. Well, after over a year of planning, training, and shipping complications due to the COVID19 pandemic, we finally have our Tree Radar Unit out working in the UK. I am going to use this thread as a place for people to ask questions about the unit, show some pictures of the type of work we do with it and the results, and hopefully convert a few non-believers!! To start us off, firstly, I am going to explain how the unit works and showcase some of the results we are able to achieve with the unit! Secondly, I will describe the differences between our model and other units that have been trialled and used in the UK. The Tree Radar Unit itself is produced by a company based in the USA and they have been developing the unit since the early 2000's. The unit comprises of a Radar Antenna that can be affixed to a cart or used freehand in tight spaces, a data logger and a tablet to interpret the results. The antenna sends out radio waves that detects root locations and sizes. The Tree Radar Unit ™ sporting aftermarket Dunlop rain protection device Once collected, the raw data is uploaded onto the TBA Roots software and analysed. This process is all completed manually relying on our training and experience using both the software and knowledge of the root systems of trees. The files are then merged and used to create the graphics below! Virtual Trench The Virtual Trench graphic displays the results in the same way as if a trench had been excavated through the soil, displaying root locations and depths. The horizontal lines are used to mark different depths of the soil for further analysis. Root Morphology Map The Root Morphology Map sets out a 2D computer generated image of the tree's root system. This can be overlaid in CAD drawings, plans and topographical surveys to allow planners to visualise the root system. How does this system differ from earlier versions and others that are in use in the UK? During initial testing in the mid 2000’s, there were a number of trials in the UK of the first version of the unit. Since then, there have been a numerous changes to the unit and the software to make it much more reliable and accurate. Currently, the Tree Radar Unit is available in two antenna versions; 900mhz and 400mhz. We operate a 900mhz unit, whereas all of the other units in the UK are 400mhz. The difference in these frequencies has a direct correlation between depth and sensitivity. The 400mhz unit may be able penetrate up to 3m depth, however, it can lack clarity and can struggle to detect smaller roots and roots which are closer to the surface. The 900mhz antenna, on the other hand, scans to 1.2m depth, but gives far more accurate results within this depth range allowing for clearer and more detailed diagrams, and ultimately, a more satisfied customer. Hopefully, the above has given you some insight into how our unit works, and stay tuned over the next few days for images of the jobs we have worked on so far, and the results! Any questions, fire away!
  7. It is generally accepted now that reductions do not reduce the root spread, do you have any pictures of the site in question? Is there the option to root prune and install a root barrier to protect the wall?
  8. This may come across as an advert, but thats not the way it is intended. I just want people to think of all of the avaliable options and to realise that cutting branches off trees isnt the only option when it comes to managing them, especially in the long term. Instead of reducing the tree, and making lots of wounds all over the crown, weakening the trees health system and reducing its ability to photosynthesize. In turn reducing the ability to defend from pests and diseases. Why not look into deep root de-compaction followed by mulching the base of the tree with a good mix of compost and biochar. Applications of biochar have been shown to help reduce the infection rate of dieback on ash trees and the de-compaction and mulching will only improve the soil and rooting conditions.
  9. Thanks for the replies, client has sourced his own for now
  10. Hi All, having trouble sourcing anything from our usual supplier so I though I would ask on here. I need 4m3 of rotted woodchip delivered to a site in Bognor Regis early next week. If anyone can help out please drop me a message or an email to [email protected] with a price and when you can deliver Thanks David
  11. Hi All, having trouble sourcing anything from our usual supplier so I though I would ask on here. I need 4m3 of rotted woodchip delivered to a site in Bognor Regis early next week. If anyone can help out please drop me a message or an email to [email protected] with a price and when you can deliver Thanks David
  12. While lots of us are working from home and not going out to site at the moment its a good time to catch up on all of that paperwork etc so that you are in the best position to tender for work when everything starts up again. Over the last few years I have helped out a few members on here and other companies with writing tenders, risk assessments, H&S policies etc. If anyone needs a hand with writing or reviewing their documents over the next few weeks then just drop me a pm and we can discuss it, happy to help! David
  13. As far as I can tell you have to apply individually through each lender, there is a choice of around 40. New businesses or ones with poor trading history will probably still struggle. I think the main difference is that a personal guarantee is NOT required as the Gov is backing the loan and no interest for the first 12 months
  14. This is a slight variation on a previously discussed theme but I am looking for ideas/ insight into advertising to our industry. As our services are used almost exclusively by Arb consultants, Tree Surgeons and Architects our advertising doesn't need to be mainstream and using Google ads etc has been fairly ineffective for the cost involved. I have looked into advertising in a few of the industry magazines, Essential arb, Arb Magazine etc but do people really read this stuff anymore? Finally on the advice of Steve Bullman, I have started using Instagram, Linked-in, twitter etc. Do people network and hire services etc using these platforms? Thanks David
  15. Just a reminder to subscribe to our newsletter before the 15th of April to be entered into a draw to win one of two pairs of tickets to the whole show. Win Arb Show Tickets You can also follow us on Instagram and Twitter on @ Arboraeration


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