Our certified arborists are here to help you protect the soil and root health of your trees. During construction, root zones are a critical area of concern in regards to the preservation of trees. Since roots are essential to both the stability and the health of a tree, it’s important to avoid tree damage when digging and installing foundation in your construction site. New construction threatens existing root zones in several ways:Soil-good-150x150

  • Physical damage from construction equipment
  • Soil problems can develop from the removal of topsoil or contamination from construction
  • Changes in grade may influence the movement of water by either channeling water to or away from the roots, changing the whole dynamics of water available to your trees delicate roots systems.

To prevent this from happening to your trees, protection fencing with clear signage can help minimize problems caused by construction equipment. Silt fencing should be installed around the limits of clearing to avoid the movement of soil into the preservation aConstruction-fencing-GF-150x150rea and dirt should never be piled over the root zone. In addition, professional root pruning can also be done along the limits of clearing to make clean cuts rather than letting bulldozers rip and tear at tree roots. If some roots will be under a pathway of construction equipment, a temporary layer of wood chip mulch up to a foot thick can help disperse the heavy weight.
That said, water flow is a commonly overlooked consequence of new construction. Grade changes can have a dramatic impact on the quantity of water available to your trees. Too little water availability means sparse nutrient absorption making it difficult for your tree to sustain cell viability. Alternatively, too much water and the ground becomes saturated and eliminates oxygen from open pore space, essentially suffocating your trees.

The goal of a certified arborist is to protect the trees on a construction site is to minimize the impact of ground digging, contamination of construction products, root suffocation, and more. The earlier a certified arborist is consulted, the greater the chance your trees will survive a construction zone. Reach out to us today.