Protecting trees from construction damage: a homeowner's guide

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Protecting trees from construction damage: a homeowner's guide

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Trees and shrubs contribute to property values by enhancing appearance, reducing noise, cutting energy costs, screening unsightly views, and attracting songbirds and other wildlife. Unfortunately, plants meant to be part of a home's permanent landscape often are needlessly damaged or killed during construction. Careful planning and coordination with a tree-care specialist and your builder can reduce damage and save you the trouble and expense of treating or removing injured plants. This publication explains some things that landowners can do to minimize the impact of construction on trees. It describes landscape protection plans, special construction techniques, symptoms of damage, and treatment strategies. Although the information presented focuses on trees, it also can be applied to protecting shrubs.


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USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry; the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Urban and Community Forestry Program; the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee; U. S. Department of Agriculture--Cooperative States Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)

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Johnson, Gary R.. (1999). Protecting trees from construction damage: a homeowner's guide. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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