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Arboriculture In Depth

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

Apprenticeships: Employers in charge

25 July 2014

Major Government changes to apprenticeships put employers in the driving seat. Is horticulture ready? Jez Abbott finds out.

Kit test - Chainsaws

Kit test - Chainsaws

17 July 2014

Three of the top brands submit saws for testing in the Wild Wood at Derby College, Sally Drury reports.

Careers In Horticulture - Next generation

Careers In Horticulture - Next generation

30 May 2014

Coming up through the ranks, the YoungHorts tell Sarah Cosgrove why they want to work in the industry.


Pest And Disease Factsheets


Cankers in nursery stock species are characterised by the death of cambium tissue of woody stems, branches or twigs, causing them to sink in.

Pest & Disease Management - Needle blights

Numerous conifer species are potentially at risk.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Plane anthracnose

Foliage damage can render some plants unsellable.

Pest & Disease Management - Ash dieback

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. Affected trees have been found in parks, gardens, garden centres, fore...

Pest & Disease Management - Giant polypore

This wood decay fungus can damage trees internally before any external evidence has been noticed.

Pest & Disease Management - Leafhoppers, capsids and suckers

The piercing and sucking mouthparts of these pests can lead to market rejections of ornamental crops.



How To Buy...

Buyers' guide - Chainsaws Your experience and training are key factors when it comes to choosing a chainsaw, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Brushcutters The terrain and nature of the job will dictate which machine you should be using, Sally Drury explains.

Buyers' guide - Woodchippers Arborists, landscapers and grounds-maintenance teams can put chippers to good use, says, Sally Drury.

Buyers' Guide - Blowers and sweepers Sally Drury looks at blowers and sweepers that can be handheld, pushed, vehicle-mounted or towed.

How to buy - Chainsaws The latest models will cover a wide variety of different professional tasks, Sally Drury finds.

How to buy - Hedgetrimmers Sally Drury looks at the options open to users of handheld and tractor-mounted trimmers.

Machinery Tests

Echo CS-620SX

Echo CS-620SX

25 July 2014

A replacement for Echo's CS-610, the new 620SX professional chainsaw has the same size engine (59.8cc) but it is a premium-grade engine and delivers an additional 320W. As a result, this saw has the cutting performance of higher-capacity machines, ...

Echo CS-550

Echo CS-550

25 July 2014

A professional saw ideal for felling, the CS-550 features a powerful 54.1cc long-stroke engine with remarkable torque. Features include clutch-related oil pump, side-adjust chain tensioner, a newly designed air-cleaner system with a split back plate ...

Makita EA3500S

Makita EA3500S

25 July 2014

Hunt associates Makita with power drills and builders' tools, so what will he make of its range of chainsaws? The company has done much in recent years to challenge the top two brands - and that is in all categories. The EA3500S is classified as a ...

Makita EA6100P

Makita EA6100P

25 July 2014

A brand new, full professional machine, built from the ground up, Makita's 61cc 6100P features easy start, the "like it very much" dab-stop switch, metal chassis, adjustable oil, full AV and metal chain catcher. This saw has a two-stroke engine but...


What's New

Hinowa TX2500 new on market

Hinowa TX2500 new on market

16 May 2014

Launched at ScotPlant in April, the Hinowa Traxporter TX2500 has a swivel skip that can carry up to 2,500kg and be operated while the vehicle is in motion. It also benefits from a 180 degs rotating seat and controls, so the operator can always face t...


Votex VT420 vacuum

16 May 2014

With high tipping container of 4.2sq m capacity, the Votex VT420 compact vacuum sweeper is available in the UK from Campey Turf Care Systems.


Bomford Pro Drill Head

21 March 2014

Providing Bomford arm mower owners with alternative uses outside the hedge-cutting season, the Pro Drill Head can be used to power either a range of post-hole borers or a tree stump planer. A heavy-duty hydraulic motor can be used at oil flow rates ...


LimbSaw aid for tree-trimming

25 October 2013

A commercial-grade tree-trimming attachment, the LimbSaw from Kitt Agri of Bridgwater mounts directly onto the front-end loader of a tractor or skidsteer and connects to the auxiliary hydraulics to enable trimming up to 8ft beyond the reach of the lo...

Pellenc brushcutter features heavy-duty harness

Pellenc brushcutter features heavy-duty harness

11 October 2013

Part of an introductory launch offer that sees customers offered a ULB80P battery, Excelion 2000 brushcutter and roll-cut head for 1,500 + VAT, the new trimming unit from Pellenc weighs in at just 5.1kg and it comes with a heavy-duty harness. Sold...


Little Wonder brushcutter

27 September 2013

Designed for tough vegetation, this new brushcutter from Schiller Grounds Care has a hydrostatic transaxle to give infinitely variable speeds up to 4.2mph forwards and 2.6mph in reverse. The unit is constructed from sevenand 10-gauge welded steel a...


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In This Issue

Horticulture Week - 25 July 2014

NEWS: Gardeners’ wages likely to be raised by RHS in benchmark exercise

GARDEN RETAIL TOP 100 PROFILE: How Coolings in Kent has built up its reputation

KIT TEST: Echo, Makita and Stihl submit their latest chainsaw models for testing at Derby College

PLANT FOCUS: Ligularia


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