Are you in the process of building a new home or expanding your current property? You’re not alone! As our population continues to grow, so does new construction. As families grow or financial circumstances change, expansions and renovations are also found in abundance. In both situations, developing a plan for your landscape and factoring in the preservation of older trees, as well as the addition of new ones, needs to be on your to-do list.
It’s also crucial that your plans for landscaping and your trees is included in your construction plan and in talks with your general contractor. He or she will need to know in advance what your plans are, especially if you are looking to preserve trees that are presently on the property. While there will likely be a fee to sign a written tree preservation commitment with your contractor, avoiding the cost to replace or repair lost or damaged trees will be worth it. A written agreement will also give your contractor an extra incentive to make sure your preexisting trees are kept out of harms way.
Establish and mark the tree preservation zone clearly
Once you’ve decided which trees to save, why not make it easy on the contractor and his or her workers to know which trees shouldn’t be touched? Here are a few steps to take to make things crystal clear:
- Fence off the area.
- Include signs that indicate that this is a tree preservation zone and off limits.
- Determine the value of the trees in the preservation zone and include that with your written agreement. A tree maintenance professional at Scapes Inc. can help you determine tree values with you. Just give us a call!
Keep trees healthy during construction
You will want to develop a plan to manage and monitor the health of your preexisting trees while your property is under construction. You could handle this yourself or consider hiring a tree maintenance professional to keep your trees in tip-top shape. Including the following considerations into your tree care plan can help:
- Limit traffic in the tree preservation zone. If the area is fenced off, this shouldn’t be a problem. Make sure your fencing is sturdy and highly visible to keep the area off limits and reduce soil compaction that could result from feet and equipment trampling the zone.
- Deep mulch the root zones of trees that border construction areas to promote tree health.
Water regularly when temperatures are soaring. Be sure to feed your trees during all phases of construction as this will help minimize shock.
- Keep excavated dirt out of the preservation zone and away from the base of trees as it could damage bark and lead to degradation of nutrients and introduce rot and fungus.
Prune trees only if absolutely necessary and hold off on planting any new trees or plants until construction is completed.
- Ask the general contractor about the soil preservation tactics he or she uses. Keeping solvents, oils, paints and other hazardous materials out of your soil can help prevent long-term tree damage.
We can help!
Contact the tree specialists at Scapes Inc. if you need help developing a tree preservation plan. We can help you evaluate which older trees would fit best with your new landscape, determine the value of those you decide to keep and recommend other plantings and new tree installations for your property. Call us at 972-407-5000 to speak with a tree preservation specialist today.