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When going through construction, the single most important thing you can do is put up fencing around the drip line of your trees.

This collage campus was putting up a new science building; they did the RIGHT thing:

Notice the temporary fencing around the drip line of each tree. The green grass remains under the trees while the equipment has torn up the other areas. You want to do the same thing around your home if you are doing construction.

By the way, a year after the building was completed, the trees were flourishing!

It's early Spring. These trees are not yet fully leafed-out. These trees were at risk during an outdoor fair. The organizers did the RIGHT thing: they fenced the trees off from both people's incursion and any display booths.

Where is the drip line?

What else can builders do?

Well, not remove the trees, for a start.

Fencing is the next most important thing. After that, they can  

  • avoid parking vehicles under or near the trees. Protecting the drip line is so important so that the roots do not get crushed.
  • avoid tying things to the trees.
  • don't nail anything into the bark.
  • nothing piled under the trees i.e. NOT soil, not equipment, nothing!!! Trees are not poles.
  • appreciate the beauty of the trees :-) Maybe sit under the trees and take their lunch in the shade while they appreciate.

Please click to go to other ways to help trees...
#10 Thing to Do to HELP Trees:  Clean Up and Help Each Other
#9 Thing to Do to HELP Trees: Leave Leaves
#8 Thing to Do to HELP Trees: Go Organic
#7 Thing to Do to HELP Trees: Transplant Properly
#6 Thing to Do to HELP Trees: Watering and Balance the Elements
#5 Thing to Do to HELP Trees:  Be Considerate.  Come from the Tree’s Point of View
#4 Thing to Do to HELP Trees:  Advocate to keep trees.  Think Wild.  Speak for Trees.  
#3 Thing to Do to HELP Trees:   Insist on Construction Care and Fencing
#2 Thing to Do to HELP Trees: Remove “Stuff”  and keep the weed whackers away.
# 1 Thing to Do to HELP Trees: Let them Breathe.  FILL KILLS.

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