When you are having a home built or renovating the structure, there are probably trees nearby that construction. Granted, those trees provide aesthetic and environmental value. Unfortunately, they are not immune to the construction process which can prove to be deadly. A certified and licensed arborist can help you determine which trees are worth saving and which ones should be removed for safety purposes. Furthermore, they can also work with the construction crew to ensure the safety of those trees.
Proper Care and Planning
If you’re going to preserve the trees on your property during construction, proper care and planning are required. The arborist and building foreman or supervisor should work in conjunction with one another during the planning phase of the construction. In some cases, the design or placement of this construction can be the difference between the survival of the tree or its demise. Usually, this only requires small changes such as less damaging trenching or tunneling when utilities cannot be relocated away from the trees.
Maintaining good Communication
In order to achieve your objectives with your construction process, good communication is a must. Be sure that you communicate these objectives to the arborist, construction foreman, and any subcontractors that may be involved in your project. If you’re not already living on the property, be sure to visit it at least every other day if possible even though daily visits would be a better idea. Whoever is involved in the completion of your project will learn to take you more seriously if you are vigilant. Additionally, take photos during every phase of the construction. This helps to document the progress and you can ensure that it is done properly.
Limit Access by erecting Barriers
Erecting barriers around your trees as well as their roots is the most effective technique for preventing tree damage while your construction project is in progress. By erecting strong, sturdy barriers around your trees as far away from the trunk as possible, you will be able to provide them with the protection that is required. A good rule of thumb is to place the barriers or fencing one foot for every inch of tree trunk diameter. This protects the trees.
Whenever possible, try to limit access to your project site by having a single entry and exit point. In addition to this, instruct everyone involved where they are allowed and not allowed to drive or park their vehicles. This will help keep compaction of the soil and root damage to a minimum. You should also limit those areas used for the burning and disposal of construction materials, equipment storage, and pits for cement wash-outs.
It goes without saying that the construction process can devastate trees that sit in close proximity to the building itself. Be careful to take protective measures to insure their well-being until the project has been completed.