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Preventing Construction Damage To Trees

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Negligent construction can damage trees in various ways. For example, construction can bruise tree barks, break branches, and compact soils around the trees. Construction damage can stunt trees or even kill them. The following are a few measures you can take to prevent construction damage to your beloved trees.

Pre-Construction Preparation

Begin your efforts before the construction commences. Ensure the trees are as healthy as possible before construction starts so that they are in a better position to withstand any damage they may experience. For example, if construction is scheduled for the dry season, make sure the trees are properly watered. Pruning the trees, spraying infected trees, and mulching can also help. Trimming the remaining trees also helps because it removes overhanging branches that may be damaged during construction.

Careful Removal of Unwanted Trees

It's possible that you will want to remove some trees to clear the construction area. Select these trees carefully and remove them professionally so they don't damage the remaining trees. For example, you may need directional felling, so that the unwanted trees don't fall on the remaining ones.

Barriers around Trees

It also helps to erect physical barriers around the remaining trees. Barriers around the remaining trees can help in two main ways. First, the barriers signal to workers on the site that the trees are not to be touched. Secondly, the right barriers ensure people or machinery can't get close to the trees even if someone wants to.

Tunneling Instead Of Trenching

If you dig a trench, your risk damaging roots of the remaining trees since trenching involves removing most of the soil from the site. When you tunnel, you only bore the exact hole you want at the desired depth. For example, if you want to bury a plumbing pipe five feet below the ground, you can dig a tunnel with the right diameter for the pipe at that depth. That way the tree roots above the tunnel don't get damaged.

Follow-Up Tree Care

Your efforts to prevent construction damage to your trees don't stop when the construction ends. Despite your best efforts, some of the construction activities might stress the trees. Therefore, you need to aerate compacted soils, place mulch around the base of the trees, trim bruised branches, and fertilize the trees if necessary. Such efforts will help the trees recover from their stress.

The above measures may help, but you should consult a tree professional for comprehensive advice depending on your construction site. If any trees do succumb to the stress, remove them before they unexpectedly fall and cause injury or damage. To learn more, contact companies like Hudson & Sons Tree Service.