When cities, developers or property owners decide to repair, build or extend the structures and infrastructures on their land, they should implement Low Impact Development strategies.
Low Impact Development reduces the stress on existing trees by safeguarding their root systems.
A tree’s root system is roughly the circumference of the tree’s canopy or “dripline”.
Strategies to protect the tree’s root system include not digging within the “dripline”, choosing to store heavy building materials or machinery outside of the tree’s “dripline” and parking vehicles outside of the “dripline”.
Without these strategies, a tree’s health will be compromised so that the tree could be lost entirely within two to three years.
Low Impact Development will:
- save trees when possible
- protect inside the dripline
- avoid parking on top of roots
- avoid storage on top of roots
- avoid mass grading
- Benefits to homeowners and city dwellers of saving trees through Low Impact Development include:
- reducing energy costs of a/c
- reducing stormwater runoff
- increasing groundwater recharge
- increasing air quality
- maintaining habitat for birds and pollinators
- reducing the ‘heat island’ effect
- reducing heating costs
- enhancing livability of area
- increasing property value by 10 to 23% !!!