Whether you find a fungus fruiting on your specimen tree or identify decline and defoliation of the trees and shrubs that are key to the landscape setting of your home, the impact can be devastating and could take years to remedy.
We will take a scientific approach to quickly assess and diagnose your tree problems, providing holistic solutions wherever possible, and only when necessary. You won’t find any snake oil in our tool kit.
The interactions between trees, shrubs and their environment are many and complex and are subject to ongoing research and investigation. Plants are colonised by a vast range of fungi, bacteria, viruses and insects, which often relate symbiotically with the host, and most are beneficial in some way. But sometimes colonisation can have significant adverse consequences for the host plant and the colonising agent might be considered a pest or disease. Where appropriate, field samples are cultured and identified in specialist laboratories to provide better information on which to base a diagnosis.
If you are seeking the identification and control of garden pests, or looking for long-term disease management solutions, Cheshire Woodlands has the skills and expertise to provide you with well-considered and balanced advice.
Cheshire Woodlands use of Quantified Tree Risk Assessment has proved invaluable. It has helped us to retain trees that were condemned by another advisor. They have used measurable data to provide us with a valid tree risk assessment.
When making an enquiry for a quote, what information do you need me to provide?
Provide us with a short description of the tree and the signs of damage or ill health along with some photographs. We will then usually ask a few questions before providing some initial suggestions. If we can’t provide an answer, we can arrange a site visit.
When do I need to intervene?
It might not be necessary to intervene. It could be a short-term problem, or perhaps no problem at all. Often it is sufficient to understand what you are observing, but you can be confident that if there is a problem to be diagnosed, we are the people to diagnose it.
What steps can I take to protect my trees, shrubs and hedges from pests and diseases?
Maintaining age and species diversity is important in reducing your exposure to specific diseases. Be sure that any planting material that you introduce has an EU Plant Passport. Regularly check the Forestry Commission website for information of plant health threats. But most of all, recognise that people are the biggest threat to trees. Each year we meet many clients who have inadvertently killed or damaged their trees by excavation and resurfacing, building, altering soil hydrology, lighting fires, tipping garden waste, inappropriate pruning, and so on.
What are the signs of pests and disease that I should look out for in my trees, shrubs and hedges?
The larger pests are horses, cattle and sheep trampling the ground in which trees are rooted, and often browsing on the bark of trees, which can lead to their rapid decline. Deer might de-bark trees whilst rubbing their antlers to remove felt. Next are grey squirrels, which browse on the shoots and bark of trees, followed by birds including pigeons and parakeets browsing on buds and young shoots. There are many insects, fungi, viruses and bacteria, most of which play beneficial roles in ecosystems, but when they are introduced from abroad and find new hosts, some of these caon have devastating consequences. Some of the most recently introduced are Asian Longhorn beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) and Ash dieback disease (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus)