Winter is the perfect time to begin planning your upcoming spring projects and renovations. If you are considering tackling a construction project near your home or residence, try to keep the surrounding trees in mind to avoid potential damage. Here are a few ways trees are damaged during construction.
Trunk and Crown Injury
Did you know construction equipment can injure the portion of your trees which sit above ground? Branch breakage, wounds to the trunk and tearing of the tree bark are all ways your tree can become injured during a construction project. To avoid permanent or fatal injuries to your tree, ask your team to be mindful of their equipment, or mark a barrier.
Construction which is tearing up ground or affecting the ground can potentially damage your tree’s roots! Your tree’s root system is vital, as it absorbs water and minerals from the soil and sends them up the trunk to nourish the tree. When planning construction, try to cut as far away from the tree as possible; a good rule of thumb is to steer clear of working underneath the tree’s crown.
Did You Know: Damage to a tree’s roots can affect its ability to stand upright during storms, causing potential danger and property damage.
Be aware that heavy construction equipment can cause soil compaction. This reduces pore space which is necessary for water and air movement. Soil compaction can halt root growth, limit water absorption and penetration and decrease oxygen.
For more information on how trees are damaged during construction, check this guide from Trees Are Good.
Root damage is a terrible thing with construction! My team always does their best to prevent it.