| Urban Tree Care
and Preservation Strategies
There are different areas of concern when it comes to tree care
and preservation. From routine maintenance and protecting trees
from alterations of the environment, to saving historical or valued
trees. Advice is provided by a consulting arborist, along with
services directed by Ted Kipping and Phil Danielson, both of whom
are Certified Arborists.
Proper maintenance for safety and
Routine maintenance on trees is necessary to correct structural
problems and help prevent limb breakage. For example, sometimes
a thick and/or heavy crown of a tree can lead to failure of the
whole tree. Deadwood left in trees can be a fire hazard, as well
as attracting insects and fungus, which can do extensive damage.
Diseases left unchecked can spread to other healthy trees.
So sometimes it is necessary to remove a sick tree for the preservation
of others. See our tree services page
for more detail.
Protection during building and landscape
Restoration of damaged or fallen trees
A very important issue in the preservation of trees is in regard
to landscape construction and/or building construction. Unfortunately
many trees are damaged in these processes. Ignorance about tree
physiology can lead to practices that harm the roots of existing
trees at a construction site. When the environment of trees is
to be altered, protecting them from harm should be on the agenda.
Architects as well as landscape architects need to include the
expertise of a consulting arborist, before any work on the site
is done. Sometimes the effects from damage may not manifest for
several years. See our consultation page.
If the unfortunate happens, sometimes it is possible to salvage
a tree. The pictures show a Monterey Pine tree that fell over.
This tree had very shallow roots growing in a loose soil over a
parking garage or basement. Normally, a tree of this species would
not be worth saving. Since it added so much to the aesthetics of
the property, the owners wanted to save the tree.
Preservation of valued and/or historical
A consulting arborist can be called upon to advise on issues
involving trees on public or private property which are a concern
to the neighborhood and wherever disagreements arise. In this
case, an independent consulting arborist may be called upon who
has the experience in the science and practice of arboriculture
as well as specific expertise in the practical, ethical and objective
role of consultant.
We feel that preserving important
trees is necessary for keeping our environment healthy and beautiful,
but several factors may need to be examined in order to determine
whether saving a tree is feasible or not.