Our Approach to Tree Preservation
There are many reasons we decide to preserve trees. They add grace and beauty to our landscapes, provide shade and protection for our homes, and increase our property values. We know trees live in a delicate balance with nature, which construction can easily disturb, so how do we preserve them? What do we need to look for? What do we need to be concerned with? The tree preservation process begins before construction. Whether we are looking at a group of trees, or an individual tree, there are several factors we look at.
- Tree Species: Each individual species responds to construction procedures and injury differently. For example, sugar maples (Acer saccharum) low to moderate tolerance. They are tolerant of root loss, but have difficulties dealing with fill. Northern red oaks (Quercus rubra), on the other hand, have better tolerance of
construction, being able to withstand root loss and some changes in soil and water better.
- Tree Health and Stability: When examining a tree at the beginning, we must determine its current state of health. The stronger, healthier a tree is before construction begins, the better its chance of survival.
- Potential Longevity: Younger trees are more likely to tolerate construction. Older mature trees are beautiful, but their age and longevity must be considered as they are less likely to tolerate construction impacts.
- Site Plans: We must examine plans and determine whether or not the trees are suitable for the location. We look at what processes are going on near the tree and the location of the tree to future structures, walks, etc to decide whether or not the tree will do well in the location.
Once we have look at the trees and considered all of these factors, we can make better suggestions regarding the effort needed to preserve the trees and the likelihood of their long-term survival. We can then recommend the trees that should be preserved and what preservation steps need to be taken.