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Sources for More Information

Bulletin #20: A Systematic Approach to Building with Trees


There are numerous helpful websites available for additional information. One that contains a list of trees categorized by their sensitivity to root damage is the University of Missouri Extension’s Preventing Construction Damage to Trees.

Another that shows greater details about tolerance to root severance and soil compaction by species is University of Minnesota Extesion’s Protecting Trees from Construction Damage: A Homeowner’s Guide.

To conduct your own web search, we suggest using the phrase “construction around trees.”

Books and DVDs

Trenching & Tunneling Near Trees by James R. Fazio

From the Arbor Day Foundation, this little 34-page booklet was written primarily for utility workers and others who do underground work that can damage tree roots. However, it is equally useful for any homeowner installing a new sprinkler system, trenching for a foundation, or making a new sidewalk. Order online by following the link above, or phone Member Services at 888-448-7337.

The International Society of Arboriculture has a number of helpful books and DVDs online. These may also be ordered by calling 217-355-9411. A few include:

  • Trees and Development by Nelda Matheny and James R. Clark
  • Tree Structure and Mechanics Conference Proceedings: How Trees Stand Up and Fall Down
  • Trees and Building Sites Conference Proceedings
  • Up By Roots by James Urban
  • Trenching and Tunneling
  • The Landscape Below Ground

Exemplary Tree Manual

City of Gaithersburg Tree Manual was produced by the municipality to help developers through the requirements of this city’s tree protection ordinances. This is must read for any community leader planning to design similar standards designed to harmonize development with existing trees. This document is available online or can be purchased:

City of Gaithersburg
Planning and Code Administration
31 S. Summit Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Last Updated: 03/25/19

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