Construction zones can be hazardous places, for humans and trees. Trees can’t protect themselves with hard hats. Therefore, it’s up to us (humans) to ensure nothing happens to damage a tree’s health in work zones. Read on for tips for protecting trees in work zones.
Tree Protection during Construction
Did you construct your house near mature trees to benefit from their visual appeal and beauty? You aren’t alone. Several trees take years to create attractive canopies and strong deep roots they achieve at maturity.
Sadly, the trees you want near your residence are at risk during construction. Stopping tree damage in work zones is an issue of planning cautiously and partnering with your tree contractor.
Preventing Tree Damage in Work Zones
Trees are at risk when construction work is happening around them. They can get several different injury types. Use these tips to aid in preventing tree damage.
Branches and Trunks
The machinery used during construction can harm a tree’s branches and trunk. It can snap branches, create wounds in the trunk, slice into the bark, letting in diseases and pests. You could and should stress to the contractor that you want your trees protected during construction.
Also, you’ll want to take action to guarantee this instruction. One way is to install a durable fence around each tree. Put it as far away from the trunk as you can. Keep all construction equipment out and tell the construction workers to remain outside the fenced area.
Also, tree roots are at risk when work includes grading and digging. Roots can spread out over twice as many feet as the tree is high. When construction workers damage a tree’s roots near the trunk, it can destroy the tree.
Additionally, it limits the tree’s capability to remain upright in storms and winds. Tell your crew and contractor that the fenced area is out of bounds for trenching, digging, or anything else that will disturb the soil.
Trees need porous soil for excellent root development. Preferably, the soil will have over 45% pore space for irrigation and air. When hefty construction machinery goes over a tree’s root space, it compacts soil severely.