Salty water from storms sparks tree burn outbreak

Dorset Echo: Groves Nurseries Groves Nurseries

SALTY water blown in from recent storms has led to tree burn in Dorset.

Tree burn has been found in gardens and parkland from West Bay to Beaminster.

Groves Nurseries in Bridport estimates that the weather has caused more than £700 worth of damage to their evergreen trees.

Charlie Groves of Groves Nurseries said: “Many young local trees are damaged, although the established plants should be fine.

“It just shows how strong the storms were. We are now getting calls for people asking what they can do.

“In most cases anyone with a problem should cut off the affected growth and then give the plant a good general purpose feed to build the tree's strength.

“This in turn should ensure quick grow to replace the removed area.”

Charlie said the first signs of tree burn was brown patches on the side of the tree that faces the coast.

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