May 30, 2017

Whether you’re planning a simple DIY backyard renovation or a major construction project, it’s important that you take the proper measures to protect your trees. Quality landscaping can significantly increase the value of your property, and the health of your trees can have a large effect on curb appeal. During construction, trees are left vulnerable to a wide variety of possible injuries. Heavy trucks and construction equipment can compact soil. Chemicals on site may contaminate the soil environment and effect nutrient availability. Digging near the trunk can cause irreparable root damage. Bark wounds can cause your tree to become infected by fungal growth, rot and pest issues. The list of potential problems goes on and on. At 404-CUT-TREE, we help local Atlanta area homes and businesses nurture and care for their beautiful trees. Our arborists and tree care specialists have a lot of experience working with trees which have died unnecessarily because of construction related injuries. If you care about protecting your trees from premature death, we’ve provided some important tips for your next project.

Work with a Certified Arborist During the Planning Phase

It’s vital to work with a tree care professional right from the very beginning. Certain aspects of construction may need to be redesigned to avoid injury to your landscaping. It’s much more simple to redraw blueprints or alter plans before the physical work starts. You don’t want to add extra material or labor costs. An arborist can assess the condition of your trees, take soil samples and pinpoint critical root zone locations so the construction manager or homeowner can work around any issues.

Communicate Clearly

Construction projects, whether large or small, often involve hiring a variety of professionals. Digging soil, laying foundations, building lumber frames, welding steel and running electrical and plumbing fixtures all require the expertise of different specialists. That means on any given task, you may have to communicate with multiple foremen, contractors and employees. It’s essential to let everyone involved know that the health and safety of your trees is a priority. Follow the advice of your arborist and if any specific rules need to be put in place, make sure that everyone knows what to expect.

Create Physical Barriers

It may help to create a physical fence around your trees. This will make it obvious to anyone on the site that the area is restricted from activity. Post warning signs that state no one can be within the perimeter of the barrier and all items are to be stored outside of the enclosed area. Just be sure that building the fence won’t endanger your tree’s roots, bark or soil.  (Note most local building codes require this.)

Reduce Soil Compaction Caused by Vehicles and Motorized Equipment

Repeated driving on the same section of soil can cause severe compaction. Poor soil can negatively affect drainage and root health. Avoid problems by creating a path where trucks, cars, cranes, forklifts, backhoes and other heavy equipment can get on and off the property and block off areas that are the most vulnerable to damage. Direct the flow of traffic on the property and monitor proper usage of equipment to avoid compaction and injury to bark or limbs.

Schedule Future Maintenance Appointments

Trees can stay in shock from construction projects for years. Be sure to schedule follow up appointments with your tree care provider to ensure that they fully recover. An arborist can continue to review your tree’s conditions and if an injury has occurred, they may be able to repair the problem before it becomes fatal.

Searching for a Tree Care Company to Help with Your Next Construction Project? Call 404-CUT-TREE

If you’re planning a new construction project and want to protect the valuable trees on your property, call the experts at 404-CUT-TREE. We proudly provide our tree care services for residents and businesses in Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Alpharetta, Decatur, Marietta and other north metro Atlanta communities. Contact our office today to find out more information or to schedule an appointment.