Not only are trees beautiful, but property values are also 5% to 20% higher with mature trees on the lot. It is up to you as a homeowner to protect your trees and their roots while you are remodeling your home. The question is – how do you do that?
Which Trees Should Be Moved and/or Protected?
If you are not sure whether a tree can be safely moved, you could inquire with a certified arborist at the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). A team of professionals can provide you with valuable information on any hazards the tree could sustain during the construction process.
The experts can tell you how old the tree is and whether or not it is healthy enough to be moved. The experts would also be able to tell you how large the tree will get if it is not yet fully grown. This information can be especially helpful if the tree is close to the home you are renovating. You want to make sure it isn't going to become a problem for your home as it grows.
Protect The Root System
Approximately 80% of the root system is contained within 18 inches of topsoil. If you need to 'break ground' you will need to mark or move the tree. If trenching or heavy equipment is involved, the fragile roots will need additional protection, because they can't receive proper nutrients if the roots become damaged. It might not be noticeable for some time, but the tree could die. It is also possible for pests to invade the roots and kill the tree.
The roots can be protected with a minimum of twelve inches of wood chips. Add plywood or sheet metal sheets to the area to reduce the chances of the soil becoming compacted.
Place A Fence Around The Trees
Use a construction fence and clearly mark the area with some bright tape or streamers. Chain link or chicken fencing could also work for the job. You should allow a minimum of one foot outward from the tree for every inch of the tree's diameter. The fence should be left in place until the renovations are completed. If you have any low hanging branches, they should be trimmed back before the construction begins.
Pavements and Your Trees
If you are adding a sidewalk, you should not have it any closer than three feet from the tree's trunk. If you still want a walkway, you could consider a flagstone or brick option. Sand is used as the base instead of concrete, which will also protect the pH of the soil.
Trees are beneficial and help reduce noise. They can also provide shade for wildlife as well as for the enjoyment of your family. For more help, contact a service like St Pete & Pinellas Tree Service.
I have always been one of those people who isn't afraid to get their hands dirty, which is why I started trimming my own trees. However, after doing it by myself for a few years, I realized that my yard was starting to look a little DIY, which wasn't the look that I was going for. To make things right, I decided to invest in a professional tree service who could come out and fix up my yard. They were amazing to work with, and they even came with all of their own equipment. This blog is all about the benefits of professional tree care, versus doing things on your own.