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Re: Chemical Damaged Ash?

Subject: Re: Chemical Damaged Ash?
From: Andersonarb
Date: Jun 21 2006 07:44:14
In a message dated 20/06/2006 19:27:38 GMT Standard Time, 
adam.hollis@xxxx.com 
writes:

This little monstrosity (attached), I've come across lurking in the  
corners of European nurseries, fits the bill: small, shining dark  
green leaves with curled and twisted leaflets

Either an architectural feature tree or a nurseryman's best  
simulation of pesticide damage.


No I've not seen that particular beast Adam. But my 'damage' is not as 
drastic as that. These trees would pass as almost normal except the crowns 
are (to 
my mind) abnormally dense, and looking at the history of the site they 
haven't 
actually grown very fast. 

These things appear to have lost apical dominance prematurely which could be 
partially due to ground conditions but the striking thing about this site was 
the patches of bare soil around every tree. Obviously the mowers don't need 
to 
go anywhere near the trunks as a result so we could avoid root and stem 
damage - but naturally enough the mowing people go and mow the bare patches 
anyway 
just to ensure that root damage levels are maintained, not to mention the 
machinery wear and tear issues. Honestly it would be cheaper to pay the 
mowing men 
to stop at home and watch telly, and more environment friendly.

Oh no I feel a rant coming on:

And another thing I'm gonna end up in a site meeting in a few months where 
some planner tries to tell me the trees are all right really and I'm gonna 
point 
out that it is the Council's employees responsible for the situation and why 
don't the planners do something about it? And they're gonna tell me that it's 
Parks not Planning.... Joined up government? Pah!

I'd better go and split some logs until I calm down.....

BIll.


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