How To Choose Trees To Remove or Preserve During Construction

Posted on: 6 November 2018

If you are planning a construction project in your home, say an addition to the house, it's possible you may have to remove a few trees during the project. Now, trees are very precious, and you should be careful when selecting the ones to remove. Here are a few guidelines to help you with the selection:

Trees on Actual Construction Site

The first group of trees to remove is those that are on the actual construction site. These are trees on areas that will be excavated. For example, you should mark the areas that the utility lines will cross, the area that will be used for the parking lot, and the area that will house the actual structures of the house to be constructed. Trees in those areas have to be removed unless the construction plan can be slightly altered to let the trees be.

Nearby Trees With Extensive Roots

Trees with roots that spread out and grow for great distances may have to be removed even if they aren't on the actual construction grounds. The near such trees are to the construction grounds, the more you should consider removing them, and there are two main reasons for this. First, the tree's roots may be damaged during constructions, and trees with extensive root damage rarely survive. Secondly, such tree roots may grow and damage infrastructure, such as septic lines of house foundations.

Weak Nearby Trees

It may also be a good idea to remove nearby weak trees even if they aren't directly on the construction ground. Diseased or structurally compromised trees may not survive the construction period or the changed environment after the construction is complete. Not only that, but the trees may also fall on the new construction and cause damage or injuries. You don't want a huge tree to fall on your brand-new house now, do you?

Trees That May Not Thrive In the New Environment

Lastly, you should also consider removing trees that may not survive the new environment even if they don't look weak now. For example, if most of the landscape will be paved, some trees may not get adequate water, air or nutrients to survive. It might be better to remove them now rather than wait for the trees to weaken and fall unexpectedly on the house.

Once you know which trees to remove, don't go for DIY tree removal since that may cause damages and injuries in your home. Instead, contact a professional landscape maintenance company for an efficient and safe service.