Paving over or compacting the soil around existing trees can suffocate the roots. Raising the grade — even temporarily — can have the same effect.
Paving over or compacting the soil around existing trees can suffocate the roots. Raising the grade — even temporarily — can have the same effect.

There are plenty of good reasons to protect trees when building on previously undeveloped land.

Healthy trees can shield a house from noise, block cold winter winds and hot summer sunlight, and make backyard recreational space more attractive. Strong, healthy trees also boost the value of a home or building lot, so preserving trees saves money that might otherwise be spent for landscaping. Given these benefits, it pays to put some effort...

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