Trees is a comprehensive manual showing how to select, plant and maintain trees, and focuses on finding the right tree for the right place. It explains some of the many benefits of trees that are applicable to homeowners. For example – as well as being attractive garden features, trees planted in the right position can reduce your heating bill, lower noise levels and filter air pollution. There are many other practicalities and issues associated with trees, such as subsidence, proper care and maintenance, legal issues and choosing a reputable tree-care professional. However, there are a lot of urban myths and misconceptions around trees too. This manual shows readers how trees ‘work’, including the huge advances in our understanding of trees over the last 20 years, what they need to survive and thrive in our urban environments and how to use trees (as a biotechnology) to improve our immediate and wider environment.
The manual includes sections on: – Selecting and buying a tree – Tree benefits to the home, health and environment – Preparation and planting – Care, maintenance and pruning – Pests and diseases – Tree species profiles – Troubleshooting Which species of tree is best for your home and garden? How should you look after it to get the most out of it? How and where do you get impartial advice? What will a changing climate mean for your tree?
These are just some of the questions answered in this book. The manual guides the reader through selecting the right tree for the right place, planting, and how to establish, care for, prune and maintain your tree. For professionals engaged in managing and maintaining trees there already exists a vast array of technical books and manuals. However, there is nothing practical written for the homeowner, despite around 60-70% of all trees in towns and cities being in private ownership. Your tree may be important to you, but it is also part of a greater whole, what some call the ‘urban forest’ the collection of trees, shrubs, grass and plants in and around human settlements. Whether your tree is already established or yet to be planted, it could be providing pleasure (or pain) to many different people for generations.
Kenton Rogers has been working with trees since leaving school in the early 1990s, starting out as a field technician with Forest Research. Amongst other things he has since worked for the the Duke of Wellington’s estate as assistant forester and has served 10 years as a Trustee for the International Tree Foundation. Most recently he co- founded Treeconomics, a social enterprise with a mission to highlight the benefits of trees and has also completed a Masters in Forest Ecosystem Management, focusing on the benefits of urban trees. Kenton was a contributing author to both the UK National Ecosystem assessment and the following books: The Urban Forest, published by Springer, and The Tree Manual, published by Haynes. He has also authored various technical papers, instruction manuals, popular articles and scientific papers. Kenton is a Chartered Forester, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and lives and works in Devon.
Tony Kirkham started at Kew as a student where he gained the Kew diploma at honours. In 1981 he was appointed manager of the North Arboretum, from where he progressed to become Head of the Arboretum and Horticultural Services. Tony is best known for his appearances in the BBC series ‘A Year at Kew’ and ‘The Trees That Made Britain’. He is also the author of the revised The Pruning of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers originally authored by George Brown and Essential Pruning Techniques.