Construction and Protecting Your Trees and Shrubs

Construction and Excavation Impact on Trees

Warm temperatures and spring sunshine draw people out into their yards, and often prompt landscaping plans and even deciding to build new structures to enhance your home. Did you know that your deck or patio project, fence installation, or swimming pool dreams might result in the need for hazardous tree removal? Assessing the condition of your trees and understanding how they will be affected by landscaping helps to eliminate surprises and reduce overall project costs.  You also need to consider the future growth of your trees because you may be confronted with this monster some day:


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Dangers of Landscaping

Healthy roots provide a solid base for your trees. As long as the soil remains balanced with nutrients and adequate drainage, roots spread and continue to support the weight of the tree trunk and branches. Excavating may change soil composition and upset the ecosystem that exists below the soil surface.
This is typically occurs when excavating near or around established trees. Before construction, be sure to call your local arborist. They can help with the construction process; as well as help the homeowner and contractor understand what can happen when roots aren’t taken into consideration. Root repair requires enormous energy from the tree and can leave your trees vulnerable to all sorts of problems and disease.

Hill Treekeepers arborists can help preserve your trees, before, during and after construction. Severely diseased trees require hazardous tree removal. Trees with damaged root systems are also more susceptible to storm damage and other major problems that result in the need for hazardous tree removal.

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Staying Away From Roots

It can be difficult to predict how far tree roots have spread and how deep they have grown. According to tree services experts, many species grow roots well beyond the canopy or drip line. The bulk of roots grow within 12 inches of the surface, sometimes more than half of the overall root system. Excavation can seriously damage these vital parts of your tree, resulting in disease, poor growth patterns and ultimately, in hazardous tree removal.

Grading Issues

Changing the grade on your property may also negatively affect tree health. Be sure that any grading changes will not create erosion near tree root systems. Regrading may alter soil composition, which often results in slower growth and poor tree health. Speak to your local arborist about how your landscaping plans could affect the vegetation because planning for your trees as part of your project may save you the time, money, and pain of hazardous tree removal later.

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