Tree protection during construction is extremely important because the damage that occurs during this process is irreversible. Trees, especially their critical root zones, are also very easily damaged by construction.
When planning your new deck, patio, porch, or addition most people are focused on the look of the finished project but few ever think about how their trees will be affected. Many homeowners think because the construction is happening on the other side of the yard or far away from the tree that the tree is safe. Unfortunately, they couldn’t be more wrong. Because a tree’s critical root zone extends to or past their canopy tree, construction on one side of the yard can kill a tree on the other side.
In order to prevent root damage, soil compaction, and trunk injuries, you need to invest in a Tree Protection Plan (also known as Tree Preservation Plan) before you start renovations.
Why Should I Care About Tree Damage?
- When a tree is severely damaged it will die and you will eventually have to remove the tree.
- Tree removal is expensive and can cost more than the preservation plan to save the tree.
- A mature healthy tree can raise property values by 10%
- Higher Energy Costs: The shade and windshield provided by a tree can reduce heating & cooling costs up to 15%
- Fairfax County and other surrounding counties have laws that require you obtain a tree protection plan (tree preservation plan) before performing certain types of construction. If you don’t obtain this and damage the trees you could be facing fines from your county.
How Can I Prevent Damage?
Invest in a Tree Protection Plan (Tree Preservation Plan). These plans consist of 3 stages.
- First Stage: Prep your trees for the construction.
- Second Stage: Limit the amount of damage and stressors they will encounter during construction.
- Third Stage: Provide aftercare that will help your tree recover from the stress of construction.
We are here to assist you with the construction process and make sure the trees on your property are not damaged during your renovations & building. We have experience working with builders, architects, and landscape designers.
Common Tree Preservation Techniques:
Root pruning may be required to ensure that the tree’s root system is not ripped or torn during construction. Root pruning should be performed by an experienced Plant Health Care Technician.
Tree Preservation Fencing
Fencing and warning signs should be installed to keep heavy trucks, machinery, and people out of the Critical Root Zone.
Compacted Soil Remediation
Compaction occurs from heavy machinery and equipment and during construction. Compacted soil decreases water and air, constricting the tree’s root growth. We utilize innovating tree maintenance techniques and processes to achieve decomposition and soil remediation.
Learn More About The Benefits Of tree preservation and tree maintenance by visiting www.TreePreservation.org
Get Your Tree Protection Plan by booking an appointment online or calling 703.573.3029