In a message dated 27/12/2007 13:50:30 GMT Standard Time,
I know ash dieback is considered to be caused by ploughing in fields close
to hedge row trees but would soil compact cause the same problem
I'd've said both were factors rather than basic causes; the reduction in
vigour/vitality caused by compaction or repeated root damage lets any number
other factors get a foothold. But don't ignore the possibility of
retrenchment; there's stacks of trees around Sheffield that seem to react in
IMHO plenty of these are caused by the over-application of grass killing
chemicals, overdoing the crown lifting, compaction and general unintended
from strimmers and the like.
We also need to consider do bigger, heftier tractors get ever closer to
trees than a horse drawn plough? (or similar drawn by a little-grey-Fergy.)
the potential for root damage is greater.
Come to think of it we ought to be looking out even more for field-side
trees cos cereal prices have tripled, set-aside's finished, and your average
Barley-Baron is going to be looking at getting production upped.
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