Sources for More Information

Bulletin #5: Living with Urban Soils

Websites

The most comprehensive source of soil information is found at the website of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Another excellent source of information is the website of Morton Arboretum.

Books

There are many soil textbooks available at college book stores or online. One excellent book that focuses especially on urban soils and their relationship to trees is:

Arboriculture–Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs, and Vines
Richard W. Harris, James R. Clark and Nelda P. Matheny
Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

Others, several of them quite recently published:

  • Urban Soils: Application and Practices by Phillip J. Craul.
  • Understanding Soils in Urban Environments by Pam Hazelton and Brian Murphy.
  • Managing Soils in an Urban Environment by R. S. Brown
  • Up by Roots by James Urban.
When you order a book online, please order it through our website. This provides a link to Amazon.com and all purchases help support the conservation and education programs of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The International Society of Arboriculture has a number of books related to soils and the protection of tree roots. These include:

  • Trees and Development by Nelda Matheny and James R. Clark
  • The Landscape Below Ground I & II (compendiums of workshop presentations)

To order ISA publications, phone 217-355-9411 or visit isa-arbor.com.

Leaflets and Booklets

The following “class handout” contains a large amount of information condensed into a few number of pages. It is well illustrated and contains useful lists such as symptoms of nutrient deficiencies and soil requirements for specific species. Individual copies are available at cost from Dr. Schultz:

Soils and Tree Growth by Richard C. Schultz
Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

This brief fact sheet is available free:

Vertical Mulching Fact Sheet
Cincinnati Park Board
Natural Resource Management Section
3215 Reading Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Magazine Articles

Tree Nutrition and Fertilization by Les P. Werner is a two-part series full of valuable information. It was featured in the July and August 2010 issues of Arborist News published by the International Society of Arboriculture.

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