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Decay Detection Testing

If you want to find out the exact condition your trees are in, you need a decay detection testing service. We meet all kinds of requirements, from commercial clients who need assessments ahead of tree work and planning applications, to private customers in the Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Southeast England who want to look after an important tree or perhaps need a report for insurance purposes.

No matter what your needs are, and wherever in the South of England that you happen to be, we at Arbor Cultural Ltd use the latest methods and technology to provide you with accurate assessments and suitable recommendations.

Formed in 2014, Arbor Cultural Ltd has many years of combined experience in producing tree reports that satisfy the requirements of a broad range of customers, from home and private landowners to developers, local authorities and schools. These reports include decay assessments and testing.

Types Of Decay Detection Testing

With the latest technology available to us, and with more than 20 years of experience in our team, we offer invasive and non-invasive testing, to include decay detection in our various tree surveys and reports, based on your requirements. Whatever it is that you need, Arbor Cultural Ltd can provide it.

We look at the difference between invasive and non-invasive decay detection testing below:

Non-Invasive Testing

We use Arbotom sonic tomography which utilises soundwaves to create a two-dimensional picture showing zones of different sound-transmission properties. This will indicate the degree of decay and the presence of any hollow spots. The advantage of us using this method is that it enables us to assess the levels of decay without causing any damage to the tree.

In addition, with the Arbotom software, we can use the data we collect to calculate strength loss.

Invasive Testing

Invasive decay detection testing in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Southeast England involves the use of a Resi-400 PD Micro Drill (also known as a resistograph) to drill into the tree with a slow speed 3mm wood drill. When this enters the tree, it records the resistance of the timber. Lower resistance indicates softer or more decayed wood.

If the device identifies significant decay, we can confirm this through trunk core sampling. This is the process of extracting a core sample of the tree which we then inspect to determine the extent of decay and strength loss.

Why Carry Out A Decay Detection Test?

Decay detection testing offers various benefits and produces useful information. This information helps us to provide better tree management recommendations to our customers.

This information can include, and help with, the following:

Evidence on the structural integrity of trees The extent of any decay in the trunk or branches Certainty about the internal structures of trees Local authority tests for tree work applications Local authority tests for planning applications Decay detection testing for insurance purposes Testing to ensure you meet your duties of care Finding peace of mind over your tree health concerns Preserve trees with minor surgery and avoid felling

Treatment and Management Recommendations

As expert tree consultants forSurrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Southeast England, Arbor Cultural Ltd can recommend suitable treatment and management services following decay detection testing.

While this varies on every job, options may include:

Regular retesting to assess spread and rate of decay Climbing inspections to check for defects at height Air spading and mulching to improve tree health Chlorophyll fluorescence or chlorophyll content testing

Assessment of the physiological health of the tree Various soil treatments to promote healthy ecosystems

Because we also offer air spading services and arboricultural impact assessments, everything you need to preserve good tree health is available from a single, client-focused company.

To arrange air spading and tree consultancy services in Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Southeast England, Call us now.

Crawley: 01293 664522 | Waterlooville: 023 9435 0550 | West Molesey: 020 4531 6444