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Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Online
Volume 40, Issue 4 — July 2014

The Management of Tree Root Systems in Urban and Suburban Settings: A Review of Soil Influence on Root Growth    (View PDF)

Gary W. Watson, Angela M. Hewitt, Melissa Custic, and Marvin Lo

Abstract: The physical, chemical, and biological constraints of urban soils often pose limitations for the growth of tree roots. An understanding of the interrelationships of soil properties is important for proper management. As a result of the interdependence of soil properties, the status of one soil factor can have an effect on all others. Preventing soil damage is most effective and preferred. Cultural practices, such as cultivation and mulching, can be effective in improving soil properties. Soil additives, such as biostimulant products, have not proven to be consistently effective through research. The management challenge is to provide an urban environment that functions like the natural environment.

Keywords: Biostimulants; Bulk Density; Cation Exchange Capacity; Mechanical Resistance; pH; Soil Oxygen; Soil pH; Soil Salt; Soil Water; Temperature.

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