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What the Tree Taught the Builder

Maureen Sexsmith-West ISA Certified Arborist, PR4600A

Really? What was the point of leaving this tree in place?

People who have been following my career over the past several years, would certainly know I am an advocate for protection of trees around construction sites. Often, when a Certified Arborist is called in to evaluate a tree in decline, the ‘root’ cause can frequently be traced back to construction and landscape related injuries. Consumers fail to realized, and many contractor’s too, that disturbances around trees can be extremely damaging. Many people fail to seek advise prior to the work being done and pressure is put on tree care professionals to fix something that may, or may not, have been preventable. The investment of hiring a Certified Consulting Arborist with formal training in construction related injuries is absolutely worth it. We can identify trees at risk, implement protection plans and discuss possible changes to your design that allows you to achieve your construction objectives AND preserve feature trees in your landscape. Nothing worse than having a tree fail from root damage or see the tree which has been the focal point of your design die a few years later. I was delighted to come across this article that is written from a contractor’s point of view. We welcome the opportunity to preserve and protect your trees.

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