Ask the Arborist

May: Ask the Arborist

Edward Heinrich is an arborist based in Solihull where he runs the practice Umberslade Arboriculture. The residents of Solihull often ask him questions, and each month, he’ll be sharing some of these, and the answers.

Q: Veronica asks: I have recently moved into a new home and there are some trees in the garden planted by the previous owner. They have only recently been planted, but the leaves are not looking healthy. Should I feed them?

A: It can be tempting to give the trees a feed. However, this can cause problems, especially if applied when the tree is not actively growing. See if the soil is good. If it is wet, and has a high clay content, this could be affecting the trees. You may need to move them to another part of the garden, where the soil is better, or they have access to more light.

June: Ask the Arborist

Edward Heinrich is an arborist based in Solihull where he runs the practice Umberslade Arboriculture. The residents of Solihull often ask him questions, and each month, he’ll be sharing some of these, and the answers.

The Norway Spruce – great for Christmas, not so good in gardens

Q: Stella asks: I am keen to plant trees, and wondered whether my Christmas tree would be suitable for planting in my garden?

A: This may seem a popular choice. However, the Christmas tree (the Norway Spruce) is a tall tree grown for timber, which is usually unsuited for most g ardens. It also sheds spruce needles which make the soil acidic. Whilst it may be appealing to plant your Christmas tree in the garden, there are many other trees which are more suitable.

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