Construction vs trees: changing the rules
The ground is starting to dry and the diggers are rolling in, the earth works season is well underway. With the ever increasing demand for houses in Auckland we are now building in much tighter areas quite often surrounded by trees and other vegetation.
The truth is trees do pose problems for construction teams and their projects in a number of ways. For example:
- Building platforms can’t be erected as trees and vegetation are in the way.
- Site access is restricted or made difficult due to trees in close proximity.
- The challenge of erecting scaffolding or house wrapping when trees restrict access and create obstacles.
- Paths and patios lifted by tree roots.
- Issues when digging holes for fence posts or foundations when you come across a tree stump right where the hole is supposed to go.
- Natural light for a new build or extension is obscured by trees.
- Resource consent conditions include planting trees.
- Resource consent conditions include mulching current vegetation.
And if that wasn’t enough, during summer everyone’s trying to get as much done as possible while the sun’s out!
Although we work right through even the wettest days of winter there’s plenty of opportunity to get things done well before the dry season. But if you do find yourself looking for someone to do tree work at the last minute, we will always do our best to find a way to make things work for everyone concerned.
Trees as an asset
But it’s not just the present we should be thinking about. We must also consider the future and the effects of trees in the long term. With the importance of sustainability and awareness of climate change ever increasing, it has become an important consideration of homeowners and prospective buyers alike.
A tree takes many years to reach maturity and although replanting is better than nothing, the retention of a larger tree has a much greater positive impact on the environment. A beautiful tree that remains in its original location and has been constructed around, offers many benefits such as shade, bird life and can even increase the value of the property. We strongly advise that before making the chop, you speak to one of our experts about how that tree could work with new surroundings. Remember, you can only cut it down once!
The tree guys are here!
Chippers are big, noisy, dusty units which typically don’t fit too well combined with other trade work. Of course we are always happy to work around other tradespeople where it is safe to do so, but have found they don’t always share our enthusiasm! It’s not really an issue for smaller jobs but on large site clearance work we recommend you get your tree and vegetation requirements sorted right at the start of your project.
So if you’re thinking to yourself “that tree’s in the way. It has to go!” or “that tree’s bound to cause problems if it’s left there” contact Auckland’s reigning tree experts for a free quote and professional, independent advice.