Here in the Lowcountry, we love our trees! And for good reason. Tree canopies assist to shade buildings from the hot Southern heat and to act as shields to tropical storm force winds. In Charleston, where land is low and water is high, a single grand tree is vitally responsible for thousands of gallons of water absorption per day. We’re drawn to trees’ sprawling green canopies and they’re a natural screening from a nosy neighbor or two. It’s no wonder trees add significant amenity value to your landscape! As living organisms, the viability of trees is highly dependent on their conditions. Construction and human interference being the leading causes of tree failure and mortality among new communities. For these reasons, we provide Tree Preservation Plans (TPP) to mitigate risk and protect your property’s most valuable assets.

Construction generally has a stressful impact on trees. While building and zoning ordinances set forth tree mitigation requirements, follow through and enforcement is often overlooked throughout the building process. Without a TPP in place, trees suffer from substantial root loss when the area is excavated, compaction from the use of heavy machinery and improper grading within critical root zones, nutrient deficiency associated with excessive fill dirt installation, as well as significant branch loss from over-pruning, improper pruning and the pruning of large leaders. Trees are communal, meaning they share nutrients through their fused root system, and are stronger in groupings. Improper property development often results in the removal of too many trees, leaving those retained at an extreme disadvantage. While some of these actions are necessary for the home to be constructed, it does not negate the substantial and irreparable negative impact experienced by trees that are not properly planned for and protected.

Construction tree conditions make them susceptible to opportunistic pests and pathogens in our area which seek to invade trees in decline. Since trees are communal, meaning they share nutrients through their fused root system, the trees will systemically pass pathogens to any neighboring trees and they jointly decline in time. The more trees that fail, the greater the risk of standing water and grading issues.

A few common ways that construction can cause tree death:

  • Soil compaction from heavy machinery chokes the root system, preventing oxygen and water from getting through the ground.
  • Digging and trenching, severs roots
  • Harmful chemicals used in the construction process can leech into a tree’s root system
  • Disturbing the surrounding ecosystem and exposing the tree by removing other trees.
  • Changes in the soil grade, causing roots to be buried too far underground, removed from feeder roots, etc.

Enlist us to customize a Tree Preservation Plan for your property with a full tree inventory that takes into consideration your building and landscape plans. Our TPP sets forth feasible and enforceable guidelines for your construction team to understand and be in compliance with so all interested parties can mitigate risk and protect your property’s most valuable assets.

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Consulting Arborist Service

Consulting Arborists are the authoritative experts on trees and bring an objective, comprehensive viewpoint to their clients—ensuring the safety, health, and preservation of trees. Servicing a wide variety of clients, including property owners, municipalities, contractors, attorneys, insurance professionals, landscape architects, developers, engineers, other arborists, and more.


Our comprehensive plant health care program involves monthly and seasonal monitoring and treatment of your trees throughout the growing season. With a integrated pest management (IPM) built in, ArborShield provides both fundamental protection and select specialty treatments based on your property’s individual needs.

Tree & Landscape Appraisals

If your tree has been damaged then there are often many option available to you to recoup those losses and be made whole.  Marshall Badeaux, President, a member of the first group of Consulting Arborist in the nation to become a Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualified Arborist (TPAQ).

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Mount Pleasant

2851 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455

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Charleston Tree Experts premier specialties are in Arborist consulting, tree preservation, hazardous tree removals, pruning trees, and managing Charleston’s urban forest for greater growth. We have a wealth of knowledge in performing tree care services from delicate or seemingly inaccessible places. Let us help you.