Sources for More Information
Bulletin #5: Living with Urban Soils
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.
In California, a helpful site is available from UC—Davis.
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:
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.
The International Society of Arboriculture has a number of publications 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)
- Soil Management for Urban Trees, (A Best Management Practice supplement to ANSI A300)
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:
This brief fact sheet is available free:
- 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.
- Managing Soils That Support Urban Trees. June 2015 Arborist News (ISA)