Construction Damage To Trees
New construction can damage or harm a tree in a variety of ways. In an ideal situation a Certified Arborist should be called to consult about a tree during the planning stage of construction. Preservation measures should be implemented prior to construction to reduce the risk of damage from occurring in the first place. Often, professional help isn’t sought until visible decline is seen a tree. Remediation can often be implemented to reduce new hazards in a tree, while trees may need to be removed in other instances where there is doubt about the structural integrity of a tree or a hazard cannot be adequately removed.5
Root disturbance can cause unseen damage. Compaction of soil around a tree occur by operating heavy equipment above a trees root system, or by adding soil above a trees root system and changing the grade or elevation of an area. This restricts the amount of oxygen in the soil that a trees to continue to grow vigorously. Other limiting factors include the installation of impervious services like patios, buildings, and driveways that reduce the amount of water a tree can absorb, as well as changing altering drainage flow that can lead to a severe increase or decrease of water to a tree.
Mechanical or structural damage can also occur to a tree during construction. A Certified Arborist should be consulted to properly prune any broken or damaged branches and can assist in repairing wounds cause by bark or trunk wounds.