As careful as you are, sometimes trees get damaged. Whether it’s a tough winter ice storm, a strong wind storm in the summer, or construction damage, it’s important to know how to care for your damaged tree.

Avoiding Tree Damage During Construction

As cities and suburbs expand, wooded lands are being developed into commercial and residential sites. Wooded properties can be worth as much as 20% more than those without trees, and people value the opportunity to live among trees. Unfortunately, the processes involved with construction can be deadly to the nearby trees.

Unless the damage is extreme, the trees may not die immediately, but could decline over several years, so it might not be evident that construction damaged the tree. It is possible to preserve trees on building sites if the right measures are taken. One way to do avoid damage is to hire a professional arborist during the planning stage. An arborist can work with the builder to protect the trees throughout each construction phase.

Treatment of Trees Damaged by Construction

The construction process can be devastating to surrounding trees if no measures have been taken to protect them. Visible injuries such as broken branches and wounds to tree trunks are only the beginning. It is the damage to the root systems that often result in tree loss.

Trees can be preserved if the appropriate measures are taken soon enough. Unfortunately, it is usually when the first signs of decline appear that help is sought. There are some remedial treatments that may save some construction-damaged trees, but immediate implementation is critical.

If you have trees that have been affected by recent construction, consult a professional arborist promptly. Your arborist can assess each tree for viability and potential hazards, and recommend treatments. The arborist will most commonly begin with a visual inspection or use instruments to determine the measure of decay that has occurred. Depending on the ailment, treatment could involve repairing bark or trunk wounds, treating crown injuries, administering proper irrigation techniques, or using mulch to enhance root growth.