Many cities have enacted tree protection ordinances in order to protect trees from the potential negative impacts from construction and to encourage responsible planning. Trees vary in their ability to adapt to altered growing conditions. Cities require an arborist report since mature trees have established stable biological systems.

Protecting existing trees is more than installing protective fencing or adding mulch near a drip zone. Tree preservation begins at the planning stage. Evergreen Arborist Consultants can recommend which trees have the best chance of survival, provide valuable input regarding grade changes, and strategies for working around a tree’s root zone.

Disruption of a trees environment by construction activities may interrupt the tree’s physiological processes and cause depletion of energy reserves. For example, one of the most common injuries to trees is compaction. This occurs when soil is added to the root zone or traffic from heavy equipment over the root zone. As a result, the supply of oxygen and water uptake diminishes. A tree’s decline in vigor, or death, may not occur for years. The tree protection regulations are intended to guide a construction project to insure that appropriate practices are implemented in the field to eliminate these, as well as other, undesirable consequences that may result from uninformed or careless acts, and preserve both trees and property values.

Plan before you build. Our team of certified arborists has the experience, knowledge, and background to help with your next building project.