Content tagged "urban soils"

Tree Placement and Planting Video Series

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: October 13, 2016

Site Assessment Prior to Planting in the Urban EnvironmentThere are several considerations to be made when establishing a long-lived, healthy tree. In this...

I have compacted soils. Which shade trees can tolerate these conditions?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Soils with a significant clay or loam component are much more compactable than sandy soils. Once compacted, soils are very slow to “de-compact” naturally. ...

Is soil erosion a serious problem in urban areas?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Plants such as trees and grasses help hold the soil in place. Soil erosion is a serious problem in urban areas due to the loss of vegetation from...

Urban Soils: Contamination and Urban Trees

Soil can be contaminated by masonry, wood, paper, asphalt, paint, fuel, cement, oil, salt, or other materials. Contamination may occur across an entire site,...

Urban Soils: Temperature Extremes and Moderating Soil Temperature

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 26, 2016

Temperature extremes can alter the chemical and biological characteristics of soils. Urban locations often have higher soil temperatures than rural areas...

Urban Soils: Correcting Low Soil Moisture

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 26, 2016

 Photo Credit: Raina SheridanLack of moisture in the soil is as harmful as too much water. Low soil moisture can be caused by high temperature, drought, high...

Urban Soil Problems that Affect Successful Tree Growth and Development

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 25, 2016

  Many activities in an urban area can change a soil’s physical, chemical, or biological characteristics.   Construction and landscape maintenance are the...

Cause, Affect and Prevention of Erosion on Urban Trees

Site clearing and land grading are two construction activities that typically increase soil erosion. These actions change the soil profile and structure,...

Nutrient Imbalance and How to Correct It

Soils in urban areas may have a nutrient imbalance. If there are inadequate nutrients, tree growth and development will be affected. Nutrient imbalances are...

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