New Construction project in Concord MA. Forest Keepers are called in for a tree preservation job. Three beautiful, majestic Sugar Maple trees stand resident in the midst of this new development. The developer loves the trees and wants to keep them as healthy as possible since they are the focal point of the whole project.
So this is the scenario. And it is a sadly typical one. I can say that it is to the developers credit that he wanted to save these trees and was willing to hire some professional arborists to see to it, but as is often the case, the call was made a bit late in the game. Too late? Well, with some intervention and some good old TLC, we’ll see if our tree preservation efforts can pull these trees out of the distress that they are in.
The processes involved with construction can be devastating to surrounding trees if no measures have been taken to protect them. The visible injuries such as broken limbs and wounds to tree trunks are only the beginning, and in fact, as you can see in these photos, somehow the contractors on this site have done a great job making sure that the trees have suffered no visible, physical wounds. Most likely, this is because of the concern that the developer had for these trees. Unfortunately, however, it is not the damage that you easily see that is most detrimental to the trees. It is the damage to the root systems that often result in tree loss. Soil compaction is a notorious tree killer!
SOIL COMPACTION KILLS TREES!
In an ideal situation, an arborist would be called in to consult in the planning stages of construction, when the appropriate precautions and tree preservation measures can be worked right into the site plan. But alas, as it so often happens, no such plans were made and now these beautiful Maples have had the great misfortune of countless heavy machines and far too much foot traffic, pounding all of the precious biology and soil pores out into oblivion.
But there is hope!
First off we need to aerate the soil and try to get some structure back for those poor, suffocating root hairs. For obvious reasons, tilling the earth by most conventional methods would prove disastrous for any tree as the roots would not likely survive the ordeal. Thankfully for this we have a great tool at our service. The Air-spadeis a tool that uses compressed air at high pressures to move soil without affecting any solid object in the soil. Yes even tree roots. Not even the fine textured root hairs that are responsible for water and nutrient uptake are harmed by this lifesaving tool.
Next we need to get some much needed organic matter back into this devastated soil!
Only the best!
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On top of the newly aerated and revived soil we added a healthy layer of bark mulch and clean leaf litter. This will help to regulate soil moister and temperatures, as well add just one more layer of organic material that forest trees are so accustomed to having. You could say that we have essentially re-potted these Maple trees in the closest that we could create to a healthy forest soil.
Now we just need to keep everybody off of the protected root zone!