Tree Surgeon vs Arborist

“Tree surgeon” is the well-known term for someone who can help manage and care for your trees, yet there is often confusion regarding the more in-depth role of an arborist or aboriculturist. Mike Charkow explains his professional qualifications for services such as tree condition inspections and BS5837 surveys.

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Creating a Wee Forest near Glasgow

Wee Forest, planting through the mulch

Mike and the team hand-planted a wee forest to provide screening and noise reduction from a main road. Extensive research into plant-suitability and resilience highlighted Miyawaki’s solution to forest regeneration, with tree and shrub species sourced from quality local suppliers.
See the team’s progress in May 2022 and as the forest develops.

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Phantom Forests

Disturbing news declares the failure of carbon-offset forests across the planet. Your own conscience may not be so clear after reading this article from the BBC.

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The Elm

Summer Branch Drop Edinburgh has a wonderful variety of Elm tree species, many of which have never been definitively identified. Wych Elm, Huntingdon Elm, English Elm, Dutch Elm and Wheatley Elm are among those that are most commonly seen. Unfortunately, this year, there has been a propensity for the phenomenon known as ‘summer branch drop’ […]

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New Office Address

We have recently moved across the river to Burntisland. Our service area remains the same, and we are just short drive to the centre of Edinburgh – so still on-hand for urgent tree inspections or client requests.

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Mike features in Arb Mag (Autumn 2017)

I am delighted to be featured in Arb Magazine’s Autumn edition, having written an article on the use of Air Spade for soil de-compaction and root investigation. The article discusses the pros and cons of the tool – and after several years of using one, I would certainly say that there are more pros! The […]

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How is tree health affected by soil compaction?

Why do we need to be concerned about compacted soil? Most tree roots are less than half a metre below the ground. Structural (woody) roots hold the tree up and consist of bundles of fibrous roots, which are very small and fragile, absorbing water and nutrients from the soil. These fibrous roots cannot survive if […]

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