P&PDL Picture of the Week for
July 3, 2006

How to correctly and successfully protect a tree during construction

Mike Dana, Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist, Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

This tree on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University will survive and flourish following construction of the new Armstrong Engineering Hall because its roots are not being damaged (nor is its aerial portion) during construction. Complete fencing to the dripline and just beyond (double fencing around the trunk area) prevents ANY construction activity in the primary root zone. Congratulations are due to the campus architectural and engineering design team, but most especially to Campus Arborist, Tim Detzner, for advocating on behalf of tree protection.

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Construction area around tree

Construction area around tree

Purdue Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab Purdue Cooperative Extension Service