Young, newly-planted trees need all the support and protection they can get, writes Sally Drury.
The size of the planting stock will determine which support system to use, Sally Drury advises.
Having the right machine to clear away debris can save you a lot of time and effort, Sally Drury explains.
How will this selection of machines cope with conditions at Westonbirt Arboretum? Sally Drury finds out.
There are various funding options for budding entrepreneurs but preparation is key, says Neville Stein.
Last winter's gales saw tree teams busy clearing fallen timber from roads and railways. To help remove the debris, woodchippers were in big demand, with new machines flying out of the stores and hire companies struggling to cope with demand. This winter, with the jet stream pushing storms in from the Atlantic, activity in the woodchipper market is again brisk, additionally fuelled by new models.
Changing demand has driven the development of electric, cordless and petrol models, Sally Drury finds.
The reality check that is cash flow planning will ensure your business stays afloat, says Neville Stein.
After a wet start, a long, mild season brought benefits for many sectors of horticulture last year. But what of prospects for 2015? Matthew Appleby, Sarah Cosgrove, Sally Drury and Gavin McEwan report.
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With action difficult and labour intensive, accurate identification of this root disease is key to tackling infection.
Ash dieback is caused primarily by the fungal disease Chalara fraxinea. The number of infected trees in Europe has risen over the past few years, partly due to wet summer weather.
Despite its limited impact on plant health, this fungal infection can cause customers to reject plants.
Xanthomonas arboricola pv. pruni on Prunus Laurocerasus.
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Needle blight outbreak on Pinus sylvestris 'watereri' (Walter pine).
- Kingston Maurward College