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New Construction Can Disturb Tree Roots


As one of the fastest growing states in the nation, South Carolina has seen many thousands of new residential homes built in recent years, accompanied by the infrastructure, commercial development, schools, and other types of building required to support them. These developments by necessity alter the natural landscape in the surrounding area, but in some cases there is not enough attention paid to the negative effects of new construction on the trees nearby. If builders intend to leave trees intact, it is essential to locate and avoid damaging tree roots in the area.




There are many reasons for the recent explosion in population growth that South Carolina has experienced. Low taxes, a favorable environment for business development, strategic location in relation to the Eastern seaboard’s key commercial centers, and a migration away from certain states during COVID are just a few of the major reasons people have moved and are still moving to the Palmetto State. Developers from the Upstate to the Lowcountry have found themselves scrambling to keep up with demand for new homes, retail property, schools, and infrastructure.


This development means clearing land, moving dirt, burying water, gas, and power lines, and otherwise making dramatic changes to the natural landscape. In the greater Charleston area, which is known for its beautiful, striking, and often unique plant life, there is often a desire to keep as much of that plant life intact as possible while still making space for the incoming new residents and businesses. Particularly where there are old-growth trees or the visually iconic palmetto tree already growing on a property, developers recognize the great aesthetic and property value that Charleston’s trademark vegetation contribute.


However, it is very easy for new construction to disturb tree roots, even if it appears on the surface that they are digging far enough away from trees to avoid them. Roots tend to spread a surprisingly long distance from the trunk, and excavation for foundations, water lines, and other infrastructure can easily cause so much damage to roots of nearby trees that they cannot recover and die just a short time later.


By working with certified arborists such as the team at Connor Tree Service, developers can efficiently identify the location and extent of root systems of trees that they want to preserve. Expert arborists can give instructions for keeping trees healthy while new construction is happening in the area, ensuring that once building is complete, the trees on the property will retain their beauty and health for many years to come, rather than withering and necessitating removal in the near future.


Developers and homeowners who are concerned about keeping trees alive while still meeting their construction needs can get in touch with Connor Tree Service through their website at This local business understands the unique species in the Lowcountry and how to preserve their beauty. The team also provides health inspection of trees, trimming, stump grinding, and tree removal in Mount Pleasant and throughout the greater Charleston area.