construction activities are harmful to trees by causing soil
compaction and mechanical damage. Advanced planning can protect
your trees without limiting a project. Limiting stress prior
to construction is much easier than trying to alleviate damage.
In other words, prevention is the best treatment.
water filtration causing water stress
oxygen levels in soil killing roots
a tree vulnerable to other insect/disease and abiotic stresses
2-5 years before symptoms appear
in decline due to construction damage
strategies to limit damage to trees include:
storing materials and machinery directly under trees
the use of a single path for heavy machines
mulch to limit compaction
preservation starts before construction