We are having several trees removed (hopefully any day now). One of the trees is located right off of our patio and is surrounded by perennials. The company came recommended by neighbors and friends and has a good reputation, but my neighbor just told me that she lost some of her plants due to trampling or branches coming down. My parents recently had the same company come out for a quote for tree trimming and they recommended waiting until winter while the plants are dormant so nothing gets ruined. Now I'm getting nervous about how my plants will fare.
One thing I was considering is digging up my favorites and potting them for a day or 2 while the work is being done. The other option would be attempting to cover them with some sort of protection. My only concern about this is that the protection will get in the way or just end up getting trampled anyway. The site is where I've been trying to establish a garden in memory of my pet bird that passed away this spring so some of the plants are quite small and young. My favorites are several tiarella, epimedium, japanese anemone, st johns wart, fernleaf bleeding hearts, and a double yellow english primrose. Everything else is either very established or somewhat expendable. What do you think is the best method of protection? Do you think they'd do okay being dug up and replanted in the heat of July? They're all sited where I can provide sufficient water if needed after transplanting.