It’s sad, but true, that most land developers in Weldon Spring, MO give no consideration to protecting trees during construction work around trees. Most of the damage to trees in Weldon Spring during construction projects occurs to the root system of the trees. Often, trees survive while the construction is being done, but slowly decline and die years after the construction project is completed. If the plan is to save trees after a construction project then the needs of the tree should be considered before the construction project begins. It’s usually easier, and cheaper, to have a tree service remove trees that won’t survive the construction before the project is completed than to remove the trees after the project is completed.
Protecting trees during a construction project should begin by contacting a tree doctor or an ISA Certified Arborist that is familiar with the native trees around Weldon Spring. A tree doctor or ISA Certified Arborist can let developers know if the trees they want to keep will survive during and after the construction project is done. A tree doctor or ISA Certified Arborist can also guide developers on how to protect trees during construction. The methods used to protect trees during construction may vary depending on a particular project, but the following list includes protective measures commonly used to protect trees during construction:
- Indicate on the site plan which trees are going to be removed and which trees you would like to save.
- Obtain tree removal permits, if the city has a tree ordinance, and perform tree removals before construction begins.
- Trim trees before construction starts. Leave woodchips from tree removals or tree trimming on site to use around the remaining trees to protect tree root zones from soil compaction.
- Fertilize trees to be saved before construction starts.
- Put up fencing around the trees to be saved to keep construction equipment and construction materials away from the root zone of trees. At a minimum, the fencing should extend out to the drip line of trees to be saved. Trenches, roads, and sidewalks should be routed outside of the fenced areas.
- Have a tree doctor or ISA Certified Arborist monitor the trees to be saved during the construction project and report on any tree care needed while the construction is being done.
- Stipulate in the contract with the developer a monetary penalty for encroachment into the protected tree root zones.
- Extra care of trees to being saved will probably be necessary after the construction is completed. Aftercare may include tree trimming, tree fertilizing, tree spraying, and tree watering.