img_0005This tree has been severely stressed by these construction methods.Will it survive even three more years?

While healthy, mature trees add to property value, a dying or dead tree out front can, in fact, reduce your property’s value. If this tree dies, the owners will lose the shade on their home and increase the amount of energy needed to cool it in the summer.
 
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Low Impact Development (LID) would protect a tree from vehicles and equipment that compact the soil and crush the life support from the tree. Half of a tree is underground and needs water and aerobic infiltration to keep the roots working well.

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Do the neighbouring homeowners realize their tree may be severely impacted by their new neighbour’s vehicles and supplies being stored within the drip-line of their tree?

The cement truck is crushing air from the soil. This starves the aerobic life underground that supports the health of the tree. Rain will run off as it cannot infiltrate compacted soil. Poor construction protective practices such as seen here in this picture can cause the tree to have a difficult time coping with the compaction to the feeder roots that supply the tree with water, oxygen and nutrients and can severly compromise the tree’s health and chances for survival.

The picture below was taken one month later. It’s the same tree.

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Owners need to contract for LID (low impact development).

Guelph needs a by-law to protect trees within their drip-line.

Thousands of new homes will be built in Guelph in the next few years as a result of Places to Grow requirements.

Check out these links on Tree Root Systems and how they are impacted by various activities around them: