Construction vs trees: changing the rules

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

Construction can be completed without affecting existing trees, and can even enhance the value of the finished project.

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.


Facebook 5-star review

“Luke & team have been regularly maintaining our hedges for a couple of years. Great results, reliable & all round nice guys.”

April 2018

“Great job by the Tree King lads removing our enormous Washingtonian palm and tidying up the trees on our section. Arrived exactly on time, job was completed quickly and to a very high standard. Would definitely recommend them and will be using their services again in the future :)”

September 2018

“Very happy, responded to query fast with quote, job was done very well and garden immaculately tidy afterwards. Definitely recommend.”

October 2018

“Fast workers – scheduled within a week of contact at my convenience. I liked how professional and automated the acceptance of the contract and invoicing was. All within a single email. Also attention paid to how much I wanted my trees trimmed. And although three trees were stumped – cleaned up well after themselves. They did such a good job, I won’t be needing them for a couple of years. But when I do – I know who to come back to!”

June 2019

“Excellent service polite staff. Arrived on time good cleanup on completion”

June 2019

“….This is the second time we have used them for tree cutting, crown lifting, shaping and hedge cutting on a large scale. They are very professional, courteous, on time, tidy and produce the service and results they said they would….”

November 2018

“Fantastic job on two large difficult trees to thin and shape. The 2 workers were very tidy, safe and pleasant. I will certainly use Tree King in the future.”

May 2019

“…. I can not speak highly enough of the professionalism and efficiency of the crew. The tree work was not straight forward, however it was clear from the outset that the crew had taken the time to think through the logistics and details of the job…..”

November 2018

“We have been working with Tree King for the last five years.  During this time we have found them efficient, co-operative and very safety conscience during any tree removal.  They are polite and professional to deal with.  We thoroughly recommend Tree King and its staff for a great job well done.”

Sampson & Stewart Builders Ltd

“Great job as usual, polite guys, cleaned up well and left the place looking great.”

October 2018