Mature healthy trees surrounding a new development create a feeling like nothing else can.
Their presence adds value to any project, assuring increased occupancy and leasing rates for a commercial project or a shaded and pleasant environment for a residence or home. The difference between a barren, stark, new project and the established, wooded, and mature character of a property with trees, can be startling. Research has shown that trees can add up to 15% to the value of a home, increase retail activity and product pricing by 8% to 20%, and increase rental rates for office space by 7%. (Wolf, USDA Forest Service, 2010) However, to conserve trees during construction, it’s critical that an Arborist is engaged in the early stages of planning and that efforts to protect trees continue all the way through to occupancy.
Successful tree preservation involves much more than just putting up fences and staying off critical root zones.
It is a methodical process best left to seasoned Arborists who are experts in construction. Many Arborists may say they have the knowledge and experience to work in construction, but few actually do. Understanding trees is only a part of the essential knowledge necessary for success. It also requires years of hands on exposure to construction processes and techniques. Arborguard has partnered with hundreds of developers since 1981 where success was achieved by using innovative techniques like root bridging, Air Spade excavation, soil nailing, tunneling, and Airtech root invigoration. In addition, Arborguard has pioneered the use of organic soil amendments that promote root regeneration and increase vitality, saving many trees that would have been lost.
For over 35 years Arborguard has consistently helped preserve trees on many of the most demanding and prestigious construction projects in the Southeast.
During that period, Atlanta has been one of the fastest growing cities in the country and the primary city where we have worked. From that exposure we have gained extensive cumulative experience, and have fine-tuned our process for simplicity and effectiveness. Some of our signature projects include UPS World Headquarters, Emory University, Atlanta Botanical Garden Canopy Walk, Atlanta Beltline, Post Properties (65 apartment sites), Ravinia, Concourse, Georgia Tech, East Lake Golf Club, Wildwood, and the Jekyll Island redevelopment projects.
Our Tree Preservation Program is comprised of several steps:
- Tree inventory and survey with in house GPS capabilities
- Ordinance compliance and permits including recompense calculations
- Design review of civil, engineering, and architectural drawings
- Tree Preservation Plans including drawings and specifications
- Site inspections and reports during actual construction
- Tree Care Prescriptions, aftercare, and maintenance budgets