Canariensis Palms, Pines and Processionary Caterpillars

This year has produced some extraordinary weather conditions, weeks of frost and deep cold inland, and onto the Costa del Sol, with a dry week or day, which was a little worrying, followed by a deluge of rainfall, which has filled some reservoirs on the Costa up to 80% capacity within a week! And very high winds in the Sierras.

And of course, this has had a physical affect on trees.

Take the sentinel old Pines outside the René station in Ronda, they all succumbed to the fierce gale force winds in one day, this photo was on display on the Diario Ronda site this week: –

The trees, from the photograph appear to have shallow roots plates, and would most certainly have had thick, crowded crowns, causing them be more susceptible to wind damage, and therefore branch breakage, or in this very sad case, completely collapse.

If you live near Pines make sure they are free of deadwood and crossing branches – we can do this for you – and check for caterpillar nests, which hopefully will also have suffered some damage in the frost, wind, snow, then rain we’ve experienced in this eventful month.

If you find nests, or indeed caterpillars, keep your pets and kids away, and incinerate the nests and caterpillars the safest way you can.

The cold weather has also meant now we can still clean Canary Palms as the Picudo Roja weevils will have had a setback in their life cycle… but only for the next two to three weeks, then we have to wait until next late Autumn, winter.  Fumigation until then, will keep the trees protected, if we get there in time.

Washingtonian Palms will be ready for cleaning at the end of the month.

Any tree questions you have, do call us on 600 260 534, or write to me, Penny Hogg on

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