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How to Deal With Trees When Carrying Out Construction

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A house built around an existing maple tree

When considering any construction close to trees, it is imperative care is taken to avoid causing any damage, especially to the tree root system. 

This doesn’t mean construction can’t be undertaken; just that it needs to be done in a way that does everything possible to safeguard the tree.

It’s important to realise when constructing or renovating that some trees are even protected by the law, so make sure you do everything you can to look out for the health of any trees near anything you attempt to build.

The following overview takes a brief look at some of the things you can do to deal with trees located near sites that need to undergo construction work.

What to consider when you are working around trees during the construction process

Use piles to compliment the tree root system

Piles are narrow supports driven into the ground to create the ability to elevate a structure. These supports cause minimal damage to the root system of the tree while allowing structures to be built above the roots without causing significant damage or disturbance to them. This also enables the soil to maintain access to air and water and therefore helps keep a healthy environment for the tree and its root system.

Let the tree guide you during construction or renovation

If you have a large tree nearby the area you want to build but are at least a little flexible as far as exactly where you will construct your new structure, try to keep any disturbance outside of the area covered by the tree’s canopy. This way you will be keeping clear of the majority of the tree’s root system and minimising any damage that may occur.

Consider investing in root barriers

A root barrier is a physical barrier built underground to prevent a tree’s roots from undermining or threatening the integrity of a building or structure. Depending on the size of the tree you need to deal with, root barriers can provide a way to build close to a tree without negatively impacting it or having the tree and its root system impact your building structure.

Think ahead how your tree might grow in the future

If you plan on building any kind of structure close to a large tree, keep in mind the amount the tree may grow over the coming years. This way you may be able to help avoid problems in the future by preventing the tree, its roots or branches from interfering with or undermining anything that you are planning on constructing.

Trees can make a community a far more beautiful place to be, not to mention the shade and fresh air that they provide, so if you are building near large trees, make sure you take every possible precaution to ensure no harm is being done.

Be smart about how you build any structure surrounding (or which could, in the future, be in close proximity to) the trees and you’ll be doing both yourself and the trees a favour.

If ever in doubt about the best way to deal with a tree, always call in your local arborist or tree services for some expert advice.

Treescience works throughout Queensland and New South Wales to offer quality arboricultural services for a wide range of clients for both small and large construction projects.

Do you need assistance with trees during the construction process? Call the experts at Treescience

With our knowledge and experience, we’ll help you make sure your work site is both in line with Australian standards and local and state government planning authorities.

If you have to work around trees during the construction or renovation of your property and you’re seeking advice about the correct way to go about construction, contact the experts at Treescience on 1300 731 859 today.

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