Urban Forestry Manual (g) - Urban Soils
Soil conditions greatly influence the growth and vigor of trees. Soil provides trees with water, oxygen, nutrients, and support for the root system. Roots need a healthy soil environment to grow in, and strong root development directly influences the growth of the above-ground parts of the tree.
This unit begins with a definition of soil and descriptions of ways to identify soil composition. Next, the characteristics of soil essential for healthy tree growth are discussed. The last section reviews common problems found in urban soils and suggests techniques to prevent or correct them.
USDA Forest Service
Athens, GA (US)
Urban Forest Management, Soil Properties
Soil, Urban Forestry Manual, UF Manual, Urban soil