Construction Damages and Its Bad Effects on Your Trees

» Posted by on Oct 23, 2019 in Tree Services | 0 comments

Summer is considered as a peak season for construction and home renovation s in most rural areas and towns. While it’s very important for the municipalities to have their highways and streets upgraded, as well as for builders and home owners to improve their existing amenities and building, this certain kind of activity can actually have a big impact on our trees. Due to the fact that trees play a very important role in our overall well being and health, it’s very helpful that we educate ourselves when it comes to preserving our urban forest.

As a matter of fact, experts agree that it’s more important to protect a tree than to remove damaged trees and or planting new ones. Not to mention, protecting the trees than to have it removed by a service provider is also less expensive. But, take note that tree removal must also be done if a damaged tree is already affecting you and your property.

Tree-Damaging Construction Activities

  • Pool installation
  • Building additions
  • Foundation excavation
  • Driveway paving
  • Municipal construction such as sidewalk installations and road widening
  • Other landscaping
  • Mechanical Damage or Construction Damage

Types of tree damages often caused by construction projects:

  • Scraping bark
  • Compaction
  • Digging up roots or trenching
  • Scraping bark
  • Grade change
  • Piling of soil or sand on roots of the tree

Furthermore, compaction from heavy equipment or cars that are parked on a tree’s roots and the soil piles that are being stored on the surrounding area of the root can eventually suffocate the underground roots. For more information on the root health of your trees, you can also contact a professional tree care service provider.

Broken branches and scraping bark can also leave wounds to your tree which can soon lead to decay as well as invite pest or insect infestation. Structural damages that are caused primarily by construction projects can also lead to breakage in storms most especially if not being corrected with the right pruning techniques.

Grade changes, trenching, as well as digging up the tree roots actually have a significant effect on the tree’s overall health. This is the reason why it’s very important to remember that the trees do not typically show stress indications for years after the damage in the root has took place. This is why damage prevention is very important before it happens in order to save the health of your tree.

What Can You Do?

People can play a big part in tree preservation as well as the value and benefits that they can provide to our daily lives. Here’s how we can protect the trees against construction damages:

1. Never pile materials or sand and soil on areas with tree roots. The zone directly under the tree crown is considered as the most important zone to protect.

2. Make sure you use protection for your tree on construction sites such as hording or fencing in order to prevent equipment, vehicles, as well as materials from getting too close to the tree.

3. Have tree pruning done in order to give clearance prior to the arrival of heavy equipment and materials.

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