South African landscapers are celebrating Arbor Month during September 2018...  The theme for the 2018 Arbor Month Campaign is Forests and Sustainable Cities. Investing in green spaces can help transform cities into more sustainable, resilient, healthy, equitable and pleasant places to live. More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, and by 2050 almost 70% of the world will be urbanized. Although cities occupy only three percent of the Earth’s surface, they consume 78% of energy and emit 60% of carbon dioxide. Woodlands, forests and trees in a city and on its fringes…
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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 11:35

Check your trees for the shot hole borer

Are your trees dying? Get a SALI landscaper or arboriculturist to help you with identifying the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer in your area. Who discovered the borer? Last year, the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) undertook a survey of tree health in the botanical gardens of South Africa. The project - entitled ‘Monitoring tree health at sentinel sites: botanic gardens and arboreta’ - was funded by the South African National Biodiversity Institute. FABI is a post-graduate research institute was established in 1997, based on a recognition that the future of forestry and agriculture in…
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The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PHSB) and Fusarium dieback is a new insect-disease complex threatening South Africa. Up to 60 species of alien and indigenous trees are under threat, including avocado trees. Do you have shot hole borer damage in your trees? The team from the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria have compiled a tool kit of images. If you think you have shot hole borer, contact a SALI landscaper or arboriculturist for assistance in your area. 
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