The Overlooked Essential in Home Renovations: Consulting an Arborist

When planning your home renovations, don’t forget to consult an arborist. Trees need careful consideration before, during, and after construction to stay healthy and unharmed. Lee Rouse, Bayou Tree Service’s Baton Rouge branch manager, emphasizes the importance of protecting tree roots, which are often shallow and extend widely. Whether you’re adding a pool, irrigation system, or driveway, an arborist can advise on safeguarding these vital assets that contribute significantly to property value and enjoyment.

According to In Register, trees offer unmatched aesthetic benefits — but they’re not easily replaced, especially if they’re large, established specimens. For example, a mature live oak can be appraised anywhere between $80,000 to $100,000.

Safeguarding trees and their natural biome should be a priority just about any time modifications are made around your home. Even seemingly small projects like installing new landscaping can have a big impact on tree health if proper precautions are not taken. Taking steps like installing fencing can protect trees during construction projects. Keeping up with routine services such as pruning and fertilization is important as well to keep stress at a minimum.

Skipping these measures could result in a loss of aesthetics, property value and irreplaceable ecological services, including water absorption and temperature regulation.

That’s why it’s important to get an arborist involved from the beginning. They will know how to preserve and maintain your trees while you beautify your home. An arborist, especially one who is a member of the International Society of Arborists, will understand the specific tree biology while collaborating with contractors and homeowners to safely keep trees in tip-top shape while they do their work.

“Our main goal is to protect and preserve our urban canopy to so it can continue to thrive for many years to come,” Rouse says.

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