• Construction Planner

You can enhance the value of your property by protecting the existing trees. For professional guidance, involve Dennis Panu Arborist, Inc. in your next project.

Whether you are a homeowner planning a project such as an addition or even building a new home, or a developer planning a new community, it is best to involve us in the very earliest stages of planning. As an American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) Registered Consulting Arborist®, we can identify the trees on site that are worth saving and provide specifications to protect the trees through the construction process.

All too often, the needs of trees are overlooked in the construction planning and an Arborist is not consulted until the damage becomes evident months or even years after the construction damage has occurred. By this time it is often too late to save the trees. Damage to the roots is the most common construction-related damage to trees; soil compaction from equipment, grade changes that bury or remove roots, and root severing for utility trenching are the most damaging construction activities, however, damage to the trees’ trunk and “excavator pruning” of limbs can cause serious damage as well.

An ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist® can help minimize the effects of construction on trees by:

  • Selecting only the healthy, sound trees worth saving on the site. We need to be realistic, not all trees can be saved; some trees, even though perfectly healthy may not survive without impeding the construction process.
  • Assisting in planning grade changes and drainage to minimize the effect on existing trees.
  • Establishing Tree Protection Zones to prevent damage to trees, especially the root systems.
  • Monitoring the condition of the trees throughout the construction process and make treatment recommendations as needed such as watering and pest treatments.
  • Aiding in selecting trees properly adapted to the site to replace trees that could not be preserved.
  • Transplanting high value trees that cannot be accommodated in the building plans.