With a spike in our economy, there becomes an increase in construction. We’ve all seen it – in downtown Nashville for the new convention center, new education buildings at Belmont University and even new homes in West Nashville neighborhoods. But a common question that should be addressed is how to protect your trees when construction happens around your home or commercial business. There are many different precautions and the Parke Company can help you protect them through the duration of the project.
1. Protective fencing and signage – Protective fencing is always a highly recommended method for your trees. Many cities such as Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Brentwood and Belle Meade require this in constructions zones already. In addition, proper signage is a great way to alert construction zones of tree protection. The Parke Company can assist in providing proper signage as well as working with contractors and installing fences.
2. Transplants – Although this is best done during a tree’s dormancy period (fall and winter), transplanting your trees is a great way to ensure protection during construction. The Parke Company can advise in the proper protocol for this option and aide in transplanting during or at the end of the construction project.
3. Tree removal consultations – It is typically less expensive to remove the trees before construction begins, but first have the trees inspected for health and lifespan. The Parke Company will coordinate with building contractors and designers to assess what trees are worth protecting and worth saving. If you have begun construction already, don’t worry! It’s never too late to evaluate the health and longevity your trees
4. Chemical treatments – This is a much trickier option and takes experienced licensed professionals complete the job. However, these treatments use growth stimulators and regulators to control the growth rate of the tree as construction is going on. Although chemical treatments do require professional help, the Parke Company is licensed company in the state of Tennessee (Tennessee Pesticide Charter #1868).
5. Root pruning – Have roots properly pruned underground before construction begins. This service will decrease negative impact on the trees, as well as minimize problems during construction.
Whether you want to use chemical treatments or simply surround your trees with a fence, The Parke Company is available to advise you with multiple options. Many times, coordinating ways to protect your trees with a professional and building supervisors before the construction begins is the most effective way to get the job done. Take the time to map out strategies for tree protection that works best for your project. For Music City to prosper and grow, construction will be necessary; however, do not forget about the health prosperity of Nashville’s trees. The Parke Company is always readily available to give advice, provide services and answer your questions.
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