Tree protection and preservation is using preventative means to protect a tree when future damage is known to occur around
the proximity of a tree. Usually, tree protection is completed on trees that are surrounding a construction or renovation
site. Tree Preservation is composed of the following primarily:
- Root Pruning is generally completed with a wheel saw.
This is a large wheel with very sharp teeth for a clean cut. The cuts
are made just outside the drip line of a tree. Following the cut
with the wheel saw, sharp hand snips are used to cut any
excess & fibrous roots. Root pruning is a very important step
in the tree protection process.
- Tree Protection Fence is installed around the drip line of the tree just outside of where the root pruning took place.
The fencing can be heavy silt fence to wire fabric fence depending on the specifications. It is usually installed within
10 cm of the root pruning. Orange florescent flags are placed on the fence with a tree protection fence sign posted.
The fence is intended to keep heavy equipment, and traffic away from the tree.
Pruning Dead wood is a necessary and healthy tree care practice to keep a tree from diseased or dying limbs. Pruning the
deadwood in a tree should be completed before doing the other tree protection tasks.
Mulching the tree is to
Install a mulch bed around the tree is another common and
healthy tree care procedure. Mulch will avoid surface root
damage, retain moisture for roots, and help protect a tree.