Keep­ing ash trees healthy

Landscape (UK) - - In The Home -

Roy is cur­rently par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ten­sive mon­i­tor­ing tri­als on 500 ash trees, to ex­per­i­ment with ways of man­ag­ing and elim­i­nat­ing ash dieback. “With care­ful prun­ing and cut­ting out dis­eased branches, the trees will con­tinue to thrive, free from dis­ease,” he says. The dis­eased parts are burned. “Some ash trees are ge­net­i­cally stronger and don’t get dis­eased at all. I have some that are 12 years old and have never been dis­eased.” The project takes a lot of time. “Two men come eight times a year. They spray weed­killer around the young trees and prune. The wood they bring back fu­els my log stove for the win­ter,” he adds.

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