Protecting trees from construction damage: a homeowner’s guide

Tree preservation during construction is complex and generally requires the expert assistance of a consulting arborist, involved BEFORE any excavation begins. This article by Gary R. Johnson and University of Minnesota extension contains extensive information regarding preserving trees during construction.

Are you planning to build or remodel a home? Are your city’s streets, curbs, sidewalks, and buried utilities about to be widened, modernized, or replaced? Before you start, consider the impact of construction on plants.

Trees and shrubs contribute to property values by enhancing appearance, reducing noise, cutting energy costs, screening unsightly views, and attracting songbirds and other wildlife. Unfortunately, plants meant to be part of a home’s permanent landscape often are needlessly damaged or killed during construction. Careful planning and coordination with a tree-care specialist and your builder can reduce damage and save you the trouble and expense of treating or removing injured plants.  Read more here>>>